Department of Philosophy

Fort Lewis College Philosophy Club

The philosophy club is a student organization promoting philosophical discussion outside of class. Students meet twice each month to discuss a wide variety of philosophical issues. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in philosophy. 

Club Officers for 2015-16

  • Sean Conte, President
  • Weston Ellis, Vice-President
  • Tyler Jimenez, Treasurer
  • Michael Walker, Public Relations

A Selected Sample of Past Presentations

  • "The Intelligent Design Debate," Dr. Martin Curd, Purdue University (2009)
  • "Is Epistemic Self-Reliance an Ideal?" Dr. Linda Zagzebski, University of Oklahoma (2011)
  • "Do we have a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law?" Dr. Peter Markie, University of Missouri (2011)
  • "De-fusing the Darwinian Dilemma," Dr. Christina van Dyke, Calvin College (2012)
  • "On Pridelessness" Dr. Jeremy Fischer, University of Calgary (2012)
  • “Skeptical Religion: What it Means and Why it Matters,” Dr. J.L. Schellenberg, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada (2013)
  • "Do We Have Souls?" Dr. Eric Olson, University of Sheffield, UK (2014)
  • "Minimizing Marriage," Dr. Elizabeth Brake, Arizona State University (2015)

View a detailed list of previous presentations.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Dugald Owen, Associate Professor of Philosophy
215 Noble Hall

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Academic Year 2017-18 Schedule

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2017-18 Philosophy Club Schedule

Fall 2017

Monday, Dec. 4: TBA - Dr. Michael Dichio brings us the subject of the Electoral College.

Monday, Nov. 6: TBA - Ethics Bowl Debate

Monday, Oct. 23: TBA - Keynote Speaker

Monday, Oct. 9: TBA

Monday, Sept. 25: TBA


Spring 2017

Monday, March 27: 4-5:30 pm, Vellecito Room, Student Union. Dr. Sarah Wright is scheduled, for a talk on "Humility and Epistemic Injustice".

Monday, March 20: 7-8:30 pm, Senate Chambers, Student Union. Dr. Steve Meyers will visit with guests in a talk on "Ockham, Kuhn, Keats: The Role of Aesthetics in Scientific Theory".

Monday, February 20: 7-8:30 pm, Senate Chambers, Student Union. Dr. Devin Frank will engage students with "Theories of Truth".

Monday, February 6: 7-8:30 pm, Senate Chambers, Student Union. Dr. Cory Pillen discusses the "Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics".

Monday, January 23: 7-8:30 pm, Senate Chambers, Student Union. Dr. Dugald Owen speaks on "Skepticism Rejected".



Fall 2016

Monday, November 7: 7-8:30 pm, Senate Chambers, Student Union. Dr. Fred Elbert, guest speaker, will discuss "Abortion, Wealth Redistribution, and Uncertainty".

Monday, October 24: 7-8:30 pm, Senate Chambers, Student Union. Dr. Rebecca Austin, FLC Anthropology Department guest speaker, with the subject "Environmental Justice". 

Monday, October 10: 7-8:30 pm, Colorado Room, Student Union. Student-led discussion on intellectual property rights: Can We Own Ideas? 

Monday, September 26: Time TBA. Art Building Gallery. Guest Speaker Dr. Chad Colby will discuss the "Interpretation of Art"

Monday, September 12: 7-8:30 pm Senate Chambers. "Plato's Critique of Democracy" Philosophy Club Student led Discussion of the democratic process of selecting officials and deciding government policy.