Lectures, debates, and discussions sponsored by the Department of Philosophy
Philosophy Club Meetings
The Philosophy Club meets every other Thursday at 5 pm to discuss a different topic of philosophical
Thursday, April 22nd at 5 pm
This week the Philosophy Club is hosting its final virtual meeting of the semester. Please join us in discussing some of the more common arguments for and against animal rights and the issues that result from these arguments. We also hope to discuss alternative arguments for animal rights.
April 8, 2021
This week the philosophy club is discussing voting rights for people convicted of felonies. In the United States, it's uncommon for people detained or incarcerated to be able to vote at all. It's also normal for people convicted of felonies to lose their right to vote (among other civil liberties), even after they've served the rest of their sentence and paid restitutions. When the right to vote can be restored, these individuals often have to go through difficult and arbitrary processes that have no clear standards for when rights should be restored. Proponents of felon disenfranchisement argue that convicted felons have violated the social contract and demonstrated poor judgement, showing that felons lack the ability to participate in the voting process. In the U.S. we also have to face the fact that felon disenfranchisement laws have a racial component. Although the U.S. has always had some form of felon disenfranchisement, following the Civil War state legislatures began working to tailor these laws to target black citizens and other vulnerable groups. Join us virtually Thursday, April 8th at 5pm, for a philosophically grounded discussion on the voting rights of people convicted of felonies.
March 29 and 30, 2021
Gabby Rivera is a Bronx-born, queer Puerto Rican on a mission to create the wildest, most fun stories ever. Rivera is the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics, penning the solo series America about America Chavez, a portal-punching queer Latina powerhouse.
COFFEE WITH GABBY RIVERA
March 29 | 5 p.m. Eastern Time
March 30 | 5 p.m. Eastern Time
March 18, 2021
The Philosophy Club is excited to invite you to our virtual debate on Physician Assisted
Suicide. During this discussion we hope to introduce the moral and practical concerns
regarding the issue of physician assisted suicide. Our goal is to better understand
these ideas and related arguments so that we can make a fairer assessment of arguments
both for and against the moral permissibility of physician assisted suicide. In keeping
with our tradition of facilitating philosophical discussion, there will also be opportunities
for those interested to discuss the topic as well.
Please note that this event starts a bit earlier than our usual meetings.