Philosophy & Religious Studies

*The Philosophy Club*

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle

  • *The Philosophy Club* at Washburn University is a student organization that gathers weekly to discuss issues in philosophy.  Time and place TBA each semester. 
  • Membership is free in terms of money, but comes at the cost of philosophical confusion.  If you are willing to pay this price, the Club is where you want to be.  In order to become a member, please send Email containing your WIN to the Academic Advisor of the Club, Klaus Ladstaetter.  The Club’s constitution is available here.
  • The principal goals of the Club are to stimulate learning and to critically discuss important philosophical topics.  As we perceive philosophical texts and movies, we constantly try to hone our analytical skills in order to be able to better articulate and evaluate our own views and the views of others, and in order to create and encourage an atmosphere of camaraderie, inquisitiveness, tolerance, and understanding.
  • Club Events

Fall 2014

  1. Reading & Discussion: William Lane Craig, “Does God Exist?”
  2. Movie & Discussion: Stanley Kubrick, “The Shining”
  3. Picnic in Gage Park
  4. Reading & Discussion: Interview of Keith DeRose by Gary Gutting, “Why Take a Stance on God?”
  5. Field Trip: 76th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Philosophical Society. Lawrence, KS

Spring 2014

  1. Reading & Discussion: David Hume, “Tragedy”
  2. Colloquium: Prof. Klaus Ladstaetter (WU), “Hume’s Critique of ‘the’ Design Argument”
  3. Field Trip: 33rd Annual Meeting of the Kansas Philosophical Society. Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS
  4. Colloquium: Matthew Vance, Discussion of Martine Nida-Rümelin’s “Pseudonormal Vision: An Actual Case of Qualia Inversion?”
  5. Colloquium: Prof. Brian Thomas (WU), “Science: A Self-Correcting Enterprise”
  6. Movie & Discussion: Stanley Kubrick, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”
  7. Colloquium: Washburn Freethinkers, “Arguments on the Absurdity of the Abrahamic God”
  8. Colloquium: Austin Bork, “Global Justice: Liberal Conception and the Embrace of the Earth Charter”
  9. Mulvane Art Museum Tour with Michael D. Allen
  10. Colloquium: George Hogberg, Discussion of William James’s “The Pragmatic Notion of Truth”
  11. Movie & Discussion: Joshua Oppenheimer, "The Act of Killing"
  12. Afterthoughts & Outlook

Fall 2013

  1. Reading & Discussion: David Hume, “On the Standard of Taste”
  2. Movie & Discussion: Akira Kurosawa, “Seven Samurai”
  3. Colloquium: Anson Tullis, "Fictional Characters and Meinongian Theory of Objects"
  4. Colloquium: Prof. Ian Smith (WU), "Allen Carlson's Views on Environmental Aesthetics"
  5. Mulvane Art Museum Tour with Michael D. Allen
  6. Afterthoughts & Outlook

Spring 2013

  1. Movie & Discussion: Monty Python, “Life of Brian”
  2. Reading & Discussion: David Hume, “The Immortality of the Soul”
  3. Field Trip: 32nd Annual Meeting of the Kansas Philosophical Society. Johnson County Community College, KS
  4. Reading & Discussion: Judith Jarvis Thomson, “A Defense of Abortion”
  5. Colloquium: Prof. Russell Jacobs (WU), Discussion of Judith Jarvis Thomson's “A Defense of Abortion”
  6. Movie & Discussion: Stephen Jay Gould, "Darwin's Revolution In Thought"
  7. Afterthoughts & Outlook

Fall 2012

  1. Reading & Discussion: David Hume, “Suicide”
  2. Movie & Discussion: Krzysztof Kieślowski, “A Short Film About Killing”
  3. Colloquium: Prof. Brian Thomas (WU), “On the Big Bang”
  4. Movie & Discussion: Werner Herzog, “Into the Abyss”
  5. Reading & Discussion: David Hume, “The Immortality of the Soul”
  6. Afterthoughts & Outlook

Spring 2012

  1. Movie & Discussion: Harold Ramis, “Groundhog Day”
  2. Reading & Discussion: Raymond Smullyan, “An Unfortunate Dualist”
  3. Reading & Discussion: Bertrand Russell, “Analogy”
  4. Movie & Discussion: Ridley Scott, “Blade Runner”
  5. Reading & Discussion: John Searle, “Can Computers Think?”
  6. Colloquium: Prof. Russell Jacobs (WU), Introduction to Don Marquis’s “Why Abortion is Immoral”
  7. Colloquium: Prof. Don Marquis (KU), “Why Abortion is Immoral”
  8. Afterthoughts & Outlook