The CSULA Philosophy Club meets once a week for one hour. Please see below for current meeting days and  times as they may change from quarter to quarter. ALL MAJORS ARE  WELCOME! 🙂

Fall 2017 meetings will be 3:00pm to 4:20pm in room KH C2096A

The dates are as follows:
8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/07, 11/21.

August 29, 2017 – Our first meeting will be a loose session. I may even bring something to munch on. Two officers have already volunteered to present for later meetings. If you’re interested in presenting, please feel free to contact me. Presentations can be on papers, current events, laws, films, exhibits and whatever you find to be philosophically interesting.

May 26, 2016 – This week’s club meeting will be a presentation by Pedro Melchor on human right, poverty, and respect. A short summary of the content is below.

In this presentation I will explore the relation between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and poverty, and respect. My claim is that the UDHR is emphasizing respect on something (i.e. rights), rather human beings per se. And that this has had important and terrible implications for poor people around the world. My argument is based on a Kantian ethics, and the capabilities approach in economics. My argument purports to show, as a consequence that in practical terms, ethics is more fundamental, than rights.

May 19, 2016 – This week’s club meeting will consist of a discussion/presentation by Scott Nishinaka. He has taken one of his interests, anime, and brought it together with another interest, philosophy. An abstract of his presentation is below.

Everything Becomes F: The Perfect Insider is a murder mystery centered around the infamous computer scientist, Dr. Shiki Magata. A select few ever get a chance to meet her, including fellow computer scientist Sōhei Saikawa and his assistant Moe Nishinosono. As witnesses to a confidential murder case, Saikawa uses analytical intuitions while Nishinosono relies more on empirical observations to solve the mystery. But before they can do so, they have to put both of their talents together to unpack the complex mind of Dr. Magata. In this presentation, I will be explaining the discourse in three parts that I believe are central to understanding Dr. Magata of The Perfect Insider. These sections include “Seven is a lonely number,” “Everything becomes F,” and unanswered questions like “Who are you?” By understanding these statements in The Perfect Insider, we will arrive at Dr. Magata’s definition of kindness.
Here is a link to my review:


May 12, 2016 – Due to increasing number of conversations I’ve been having with many of you, this week’s meeting will consist of a discussion on the article entitled “The Varieties of the Atheist Experience.” We will be considering questions such as…
– What does it mean to be an Atheist?
– Is Atheism in opposition to religion, in general, or just God?
– What motivates the Atheist position?
– What does it mean to reject monotheism?

A link to the (short) article is below.

May 5, 2016 – This week’s meeting will be an open discussion on whatever topics we wish! During past meetings many club members have been left with unanswered questions, new ideas, objections, suggestions to others’ presentations, etc. Tomorrow we will make time to hear everyone out!

April 28, 2016 – This week’s meeting is a good one! It will consist of a discussion led by Alvin Mayorga on Heidegger’s philosophy. Summary is below.

Sketch of the World Phenomenon and the Significance of Dasein
Most people go about their everyday lives while maintaining an “average understanding” of what it means to exist in the world, and they often believe that we are simply “rational animals” among others and that the world for us is simply the environment which surrounds us. Yet, should we really consider ourselves merely “rational animals”? Can we call ourselves “human beings” and be satisfied with our understanding of how we typically take human beings to be? Through a presentation of Heidegger’s philosophy and his differentiation between the World and the Intrawordly we can attempt to answer such questions and have a better grasp about how we exist in the World and go about our everyday lives. This is significant for us because to overlook the true character of the World is tantamount to overlook our very existence and identity. Therefore, in order to understand our way to be it is necessary to see that the World for us is not merely the natural environment, but that it is the ultimate organized referential-whole on the basis of which we make our very existence intelligible.ion is below…

April 21, 2016 – NO MEETING

April 14, 2016 – A presentation will be given Pedro Melchor, with discussion to follow.

We will be analyzing Dominique Pestre’s views on Science, and the relation of power that it has within the state. His main concern is those aspects that lead to the intimate relation between both, the state and science, with power as its moving force. It is no coincidence that the politics of today use science, and scientists rely on governments, politicians, and other sponsors for financial input. Pestre’s continental approach to the issues makes human nature seem as vulnerable, as nature itself.

April 7, 2016First meeting of the quarter!

  • WINTER QUARTER 2016 MEETINGS: Wednesdays in KHB3013 at 3:15 pm

March 2, 2016 – Open Discussion. Instead of having a set topic already planned out, this week;s meeting will be devoted to discussing whatever it is you want to discuss! Many of our club members have interests in areas of philosophy we might have not discussed yet, so here is the chance to bring up whatever it is you wish, in a safe, respectful, and open environment.

February 24, 2016 – We will hold an open discussion on Malcom X’s speech “The Ballot or the Bullet.” Link to full pdf is in the last post on the homepage.

February 16, 2016 – A presentation and discussion will be led by Pedro Melchor on the Philosophy of Biology.

February 10, 2016 – A presentation will be given by Pedro Melchor on Frege’s Der Gedanke. An abstract and link to the article will be posted on the homepage.

February 3, 2016 – A discussion will be led by Ashley Tarin on Althusser’s notion of interpellation.

January 27, 2016 – A discussion will be led by Pedro Melchor on A.J. Ayer’s analysis of “ethical terms,” from his book Language, Truth, and Logic. 

January 20, 2016 – A presentation will be given by Joe Felix entitled “Humor as a Vehicle for Structural Oppression.” Links to the works he will be referencing are posted on the home page.

January 13, 2016 – First meeting of Winter quarter! A presentation will be given by graduate student Pedro Melchor on Peter Singer’s essay “Famine, Affluence, and Morality.”

  • FALL QUARTER 2015 MEETINGS: Thursdays in KHB1018 at 3:15pm

December 3, 2015 – Open discussion/Study hour.

November 24, 2015 –  This meeting is on TUESDAY, as a result of Thanksgiving being on Thursday. We will be having a discussion on the topic of why we study philosophy, what are the benefits, and what are some possible career opportunities.

November 19, 2015 – NO MEETING. Special lecture instead! Info on “Events” page.  

November 12, 2015 – Presenation by Pedro Melchor on Marx’s Dialectic

November 5, 2015 – Discussion on TedTalk by Julian Baggini “Is there a real you?”

October 29, 2015 – Presentation by Pedro Melchor on Bertrand Russell’s Logicism

October 22, 2015 – NO MEETING. Philosophy Department talk instead! Info on “Events” page.

October 15, 2015 – NO MEETING. Philosophy Department talk instead! Info on “Events” page.

October 8, 2015 – First Philosophy Club meeting of the 2015-2016 school year!        Place: In front of the Confucius statue across from Starbucks (temporary location until next week)                                                                                                                                    Time: 3:15pm