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, and Ethics 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.

Philosophy Club Officers for 2023-2024: Adam Barney, President (; Jack Puricelli, Vice-President (; Zoe Stapleton-Deno, Treasurer (; Violet Ross, Secretary (; Lucy Panyard, PR/Marketing (

Kyle Furlane  (   is the faculty advisor of the Philosophy 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. Announcements about the Club’s meetings are posted in the Butler Today announcements and in other physical and virtual venues. Students are encouraged to suggest topics for the upcoming meetings of the club.

For more information, contact Claudia Johnson (, Administrative Specialist in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.