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, email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Administrative
Specialist in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, or the
Department Head, Chad Bauman (email@example.com).
The next Philosophy Club Meeting
Wednesday, October 1 @ 12:00pm in
JH216: Drone Warfare
Please join the Philosophy Club for its first meeting
of the year! The following topic will be discussed:
In its ongoing conflict with terrorist organizations like al
Qaeda and ISIS, the United States has made increasing use of
pilotless drones to attack enemy targets. Drones are a powerful
technology that allows small and targeted strikes that do not put
pilots at risk, but their use raises a number of moral and policy
questions that have concerned policymakers, international human
rights lawyers, and philosophers. Most recently, technological
developments have made a reality the possibility of
autonomous drones-that is, drones equipped with
decision-making capabilities without the necessity of human
intervention, not even "pressing a button" or "holding a stick." Is
drone warfare a path towards more efficient war practices limiting
the number of civilian casualties and eliminating the risk for U.S.
soldiers, or is it a slippery slope towards the dehumanization of
war, resulting in the increased proclivity of our government to
engage in military action in place of more peaceful means?
We will discuss these questions and many more in a friendly and
intellectual environment, accompanied by free Jimmy
Johns provided by the Philosophy
Department. Attendance will also earn you honors
Here is a link to an article overviewing some of the
basics surrounding the issue.
This meeting is open to everyone; you do not need to be a
philosophy major or minor to participate. Please RSVP to Molly
Casperson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you
plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you next week!