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Diverse Philosophies Club, Undergraduate Conference, & Undergraduate Journal

Weekly Discussions

The William & Mary Diverse Philosophies 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. Its aim is to dedicate discussion to valuable ideas in philosophy, with a special emphasis on underrepresented work, new perspectives, and diverse authorship. Open to majors and non-majors alike, the Diverse Philosophies 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.

Fall 2021 meetings. Please contact one of the co-facilitators (see below) to get on the e-mail list, which will keep you up with the topics and meetings from week-to-week.

2021-22 Diverse Philosophies Club Co-Facilitators
Student Co-Facilitators:
  • Gaelan DiPaola
  • Jared Jones
  • Jake Wasinger
Faculty Advisors:
Annual Student Conference

The Diverse Philosophies Club hosts the Annual William & Mary Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, a tradition which started in March 2011. The Conference is 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.

12th Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The 12th Annual Undergraduate conference will be held in-person and online on April 2-3, 2022.

2002 Conference Flyer 12022 Conference Flyer 2Paper submissions were due by February 16, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST.

  • Topic: Any topic, any philosophical tradition
  • Length: Roughly 2,000 to 3,000 words
  • Format: Any citation style or document format
Email us your paper, stripped of identifying information, at wmundergradphilcon@gmail.com! In your email, indicate if you would like to be considered for online acceptance, in-person acceptance, or both. 
Undergraduate Journal - Structure: Journal of Metaphysics and Ontology

Our student journal defines metaphysics and ontology as the study of reality and being respectively. We intend to include work in any philosophical tradition or topic involving the nature of things, the meaning of being, or generally ‘what is’.

We are accepting submissions for the second issue of Structure. The deadline is March 12, 2022, 11:50 p.m. EST.

  • Topic: Metaphysics or ontology
    • Examples: Contemporary issues or history of philosophy
      in metaphysics or ontology, applications of metaphysical
      or ontological theories to other areas.
  • Length: Minimum of 2,500 words
  • Format: Any citation style, Word Document
Email us your paper, stripped of identifying information, at structure.philosophy@gmail.com.

The first issue of Structure, William & Mary's student-run, online, undergraduate journal of metaphysics and ontology, is available (pdf).

Structure is a student-run enterprise, with undergraduates at William & Mary handling all facets of the journal's operation. Please send any questions to structure.philosophy@gmail.com.

Keeping Up With Events

Interested students are encouraged to e-mail the co-facilitators 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.