College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion

The Philosophy Club

Butler University's Philosophy Club is a student-run organization meant to encourage philosophical discussion outside the classroom and to reflect the genuine interest of our Philosophy majors and minors (as well as of many other members of the Butler community) in a wide range of philosophical problems. There are roughly three meetings every semester and discussion is held in a generally lively and informal atmosphere.

Our meetings have focused on topics as diverse as justice understood as fairness, Buddhism - between philosophy and religion, philosophy as a lifestyle, and the nature of political freedom. Occasionally the Philosophy Club holds its meetings jointly with similar organizations (e.g. when focusing on debates about political theories or religious issues) or cosponsors talks given by various philosophers.

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Renato Puga, 2013-2014 Top Butler Male Student, is the Philosophy Club President for 2014-2015. Dr. Stuart Glennan is the faculty advisor of the Philosophy Club, sglennan@butler.edu.

Some of our recent meetings were devoted to discussing philosophical aspects of parenthood, the aesthetics of jokes, the ethical implications of the Occupy movement, the(im)possibility of amoralism etc. Announcements about the Club's meetings are posted online on the Butler Connection and in other physical and virtual venues. Students are encouraged to suggest topics for the upcoming meetings of the club. 

For more information, contact Molly Casperson (mcaspers@butler.edu), Administrative Specialist in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, or the Department Head, Chad Bauman (cbauman@butler.edu).

The next Philosophy Club Meeting

Monday, October 27 @ 12:00pm in JH216: Affirmative Action

Please join the Philosophy Club for its next meeting. The following topic will be discussed:

Affirmative action in universities is the practice of offering preferential admissions to underrepresented groups (lately, African Americans and Hispanics).  Affirmative action policies in hiring similarly explicitly take into account race and gender in an effort to increase the number of employees in underrepresented groups. Supporters of such measures, including former Harvard President Derek Bok, argue that these have resulted in great benefits such as the fostering of diverse viewpoints in the classroom, the closing of the educational gap in regards to these underrepresented groups, and socioeconomic diversity in elite universities. However, others have labeled this practice as an unfair and unconstitutional reverse discrimination against whites and Asians, ultimately resulting in the acceptance of less qualified students simply based on race or ethnicity. Are affirmative action programs morally justified? Do these programs perpetuate the stereotypes portraying African American and Hispanics as weak students? If justified, have these programs been successful in fulfilling their goal?

We will discuss these questions and many more in a friendly and intellectual environment, accompanied by free pizza provided by the Philosophy Department. Attendance will also earn you honors community credit.

This meeting is open to everyone; you do not need to be a philosophy major or minor to participate. Please RSVP to Molly Casperson (mcaspers@butler.edu) if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you next week!

Renato Puga