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

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 community credit. 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 (mcaspers@butler.edu) if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you next week!

Renato Puga