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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com), Administrative
Specialist in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, or the
Department Head, Chad Bauman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com) if you
plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you next week!