Philosophy Club

The William & Mary Philosophy Club provides an exciting atmosphere in which students have the opportunity to interact with one another and faculty outside the context of a classroom environment. Open to majors and non-majors alike, the Philosophy Club allows students to pursue their philosophical interests wherever they may take them, including areas beyond the scope of classes typically offered at the College. Activities include weekly discussions, lectures by guest philosophers, and a picnic each semester where students challenge faculty in a friendly game of volleyball.  Starting in March 2011, the Philosophy Club also hosts the Annual William & Mary Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, a two-day long event in which students from the College and other universities share papers, receive critical feedback from each other and faculty, and enjoy a keynote lecture by a notable guest philosopher.

2016 William & Mary Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Program
All interested students and faculty are invited! All sessions are in James Blair 201.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
12:50 pm to 1:00 pm 
Welcome and Introduction
1:00 pm to 1:50 pm 
Sarah Cheung, James Madison University, “Problems with Contemporary Compatibilism”
2:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Arpan Bhattacharya, University of Maryland, “Kant's Derivation of the Formula of Humanity”
3:00 pm to 3:50 pm 
Alex Alfier, William & Mary, “Imagination as Being? A Phenomenological Study of Descartes”
4:00 pm to 4:50 pm 
Nathaniel Palmer, William & Mary, “In Defense of Aristotle's View of Coming into Being and Passing Away”
5:00 pm to 5:50 pm 
Dana Gutierrez, Western Washington University, “Perspectivalism and Blaming”

Sunday, March 20, 2016
9:30 am to 10:00 am 
Continental Breakfast
10:00 am to 10:50 am 
Maura Carey, University of Virginia, “Redistribution, Freedom and Independence”
11:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Hunter Gentry, William & Mary, “Phenomenal Conservatism: A Response to Humean Perceptual Skepticism”
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
Catered Lunch
1:00 pm to 1:50 pm 
Mitchell Clough, Boston College, “Rawls and Human Rights”
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
Keynote: Professor Kelly Trogdon, Virginia Tech, “Wherefore Fundamentality?”
4:00 pm to 4:15 pm 
Concluding Remarks and Paper Prize Presentation

Philosophy Club Events

The Philosophy Club meets weekly. Interested students are encouraged to e-mail the President or Vice-President (contact info below) to be added to the listserv. You should also check out the department's Facebook page for the latest updates on philosophy club events.

See the event calendar for this year's department colloquia, which philosophy club members are encouraged to attend.

2015-16 Philosophy Club Officers
President Vice President TBA
Max Miroff Library

Max Miroff


Philosophy Club Advisers

Christopher Freiman, E-mail: [[cafreiman]]
Aaron Griffith, E-mail: [[amgriffith]]