Meeting 5/4

Hey all,

This week we’ll be discussing the Philosophy of super heroes.

We’ll be trying to answer questions like:

Is vigilantism justified? How would superheroes affect our laws? How much privacy do these guys get?

We’re meeting near the Confucius statue on Thursday at 3.

If you’re interested in taking on a greater role in the club, please let me know. I am seeking officers for next year because our current officers will be leaving after this semester.

We are also planning a beach day for the end of the semester.

Maybe the hottest day the week after finals?


Meeting 4/26

Hey peeps,

We will be meeting this Wednesday in El Monte Room from 2-3.

Bryce will be presenting.

Fermi is famous for asking “Where are they?” He was a top scientist in his day and had the realization that aliens almost certainly exist. This he based on known science which revealed that the conditions giving rise to sentient life on earth are not very unique. And if the conditions giving rise to life were abundant, then life must also be abundant. If so, then pursuing Fermi’s reasoning to its extreme, there must have formed galactic civilizations by this point. These galactic civilizations would cause a clear impact on our night sky just in virtue of their vast size and age. Yet, when we look at the night sky, everything we see would be explained by nature.
I will argue that Fermi’s reasoning is perfectly sound. In fact, I would go even further in proposing that Fermi’s paradox could form the basis of a novel scientific paradigm. Thought experiments in economics and anthropology will be used to argue there is no inherent contradiction between something’s being completely natural, and also completely designed. What I will show is that the best answer to Fermi’s question is suggested by Thales: “Everything is full of gods.”

CSULA Philosophy Club
P.S. This will be our penultimate meeting for the Spring semester.

Meeting 4/20

Hey all,

This week we’ll be meeting at the Confucius statue at 3:00.

Given the unofficial holiday, I expect you all to forget.

If you don’t, please join me in a discussion answering the question: “Are aphorisms Philosophy?”

I’ll bring Maxims by La Rochefoucauld.



Club Meetings and Contacting Us

Hey all,

I have neglected the WordPress to an embarrassing degree. Please accept my apologies.

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Spring 2017 we are meeting Wednesdays from 2-3 in the El Monte Room on even numbered weeks and near the Confucius statue on Thursday from 3-4 on odd numbered weeks.



Philosophy Club Meeting 10/06

Hey all,
This week Van will be presenting.
“I will be discussing J.S. Mill’s Harm principle in relation to marijuana laws and argue that marijuana laws deprive people of the right to do as they please. I will also be discussing paternalistic laws and its effects. I will provide my argument during the presentation. ” -Van
Don’t forget that Harry Frankfurt will be giving a talk at UCLA this Friday.
“Moral Normativity and the Necessities of Love”
Harry Frankfurt (Princeton University, Emeritus)
Friday, October 7th at 3:30 pm
Dodd Hall Room 161
Meetings held Thursday KHB1015 3:10-4:20

Club Meeting and Activity 9/29

This week we’ll be performing a thought experiment based on the film The Philosophers. It should be a lot of fun! This will be an opportunity to challenge your ethical foundation.

Harry Frankfurt will be speaking at UCLA. I would like to go as a club to this. So let’s try to organize a car pool with those interested. We can have dinner afterwards. This would also be a great event to meet our fellow philosophers on the other side of town.
Friday, October 7 from 3:30 pm to 6 pm Dodd 161

Fall 2016 Club Meeting Info

Welcome back from Summer Break!

We will be holding weekly club meetings on Thursdays at 3:10 in room KHB1015.

This week I will give a presentation on a debate in Philosophy that has been going on since W.K. Clifford’s essay “The Ethics of Belief” was delivered in 1877 at The Metaphysical Society. Clifford motivated the claim that, “it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.” This essay was quickly responded to by William James with his lecture, “The Will to Believe.” The debate that followed from these two arguments has contributed greatly to the intersection of Epistemology, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion.

Clifford’s Essay:

James’s Essay: WILL TO BELIEVE .pdf