College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion

Congratulations to Renato Puga,

2014-15 Philosophy Club President,

Top Butler Male Student 2013-14!

Renato SM

The Philosophy Club

Our 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.

Tony Bergamini will be the president of our Philosophy Club for 2013-2014. Dr. Tiberiu Popa is the faculty advisor of the Philosophy Club,

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. 

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.

For more information, contact Mary Proffitt (, administrative assistant in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, or the Department Head, Chad Bauman (

The next Philosophy club meeting, Wednesday, April 16th, noon, JH201: 

The Moral Implications of End of Life Care

Please join us on Wednesday, April 16th, from noon to 12:50 pm (in Jordan Hall 201) to enjoy some FREE PIZZA and thoughtful discussion. Paxton Lewis, current President of the Philosophy Club, and Renato Puga, your new President for the coming school year, will be leading a philosophical discussion on the moral implications of end of life care.

Please rsvp to Mary Proffitt,, if you plan on attending. 

Should one draw up a plan in advance about his or her desired end of life care, or does this create the possibility of pressuring a patient to accept death before he or she is ready?

A small town in Wisconsin provides every patient the opportunity to create an end of life care plan. The average cost of care for a patient at Gundersen Lutheran, the small town's hospital, was $8,000 less than the national average. They believe the plan prevents the excessive and unwanted care that may occur if a patient does not have an end of life care plan in effect.

We want to know what you think about end of life care. Should extraordinary measures be taken to keep a patient alive? Or should patients create an end of life care plan to help navigate hospitals with costs, care, and third party decisions? Here are some (purely optional) starting points for our discussion:

This meeting is open to everyone, and you do not need to be a Philosophy major or minor to attend. We look forward to having a great conversation with delicious food!

See you there,

Paxton Lewis
and Renato Puga