Undergraduate Philosophical Society, College of Charleston

Group organized and run by undergraduates interested in meeting to discuss a variety of philosophical issues.

All meetings held in the conference room of 14 Glebe St. unless specified otherwise.

Mission: It is the mission of The Undergraduate Philosophical Society to provide a meeting place for curious minds on campus with an interest in philosophy. These are intended to be fun, freewheeling discussions on interesting and important topics. It is our goal to contribute to the vibrant intellectual climate of the CofC campus, as well as the broader Charleston community.

[02/16/20]   Be sure to get in touch if you want to get on this year's mailing list. [email protected]. The first meeting was great, but still taking ideas for future meetings!

[02/08/20]   Students are organizing a general interest meeting for the Philosophy Club this Wednesday 7pm, Philosophy lounge 14 Glebe. Please bring your ideas and offers!



Professors Neufeld and Hick each give reading recommendations here.

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[12/04/17]   Last meeting of the semester, today at 5:30pm in the Philosophy Department Lounge at 14 Glebe St. Grant Goodrich will be discussing his work on animal cognition. Stop by! Alums welcome!


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Philosophy majors put in more hours each week than other majors. (Thanks for that, majors!)

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[05/31/17]   If you are interested in discussing Martha Nussbaum's "Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice", please join the "Charleston Ethics Circle" from 2-3pm at Earthfare in West Ashley this Sunday (the 4th). You do not have to have read the book to join in our discussion. Everyone is invited.

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WIP and PhilSoc members might be interested in this event TONIGHT, organized by Allie Tucker:

It's the time in my Women and Gender studies class when we take on our Activist Projects. My group has come together to address the topic of 'Hate Speech', specifically the hateful rhetoric that Donald Trump, as well as Mike Pence, have inspired with their rise to power. We will be putting together a Zine with any material relating to this topic, and hosting a party on November 28th at 6pm in RSS room 248 for the release and discussion of the Zine.

POC, LGBTQ+ peoples, victims of sexual assault, non- christians, women, advocates and activists, speak now and be heard.

Zines vary a lot but here are two examples:
Thank you so much!


[11/27/16]   Please join us for the next Philosophical Society meeting. Free Pizza! Wednesday the 30th, 5.30, second floor of Stern: 206. Greg Bunn will be presenting on a challenge to Plato's account of virtue.

The challenge is whether Plato can adequately explain the character Conan Doyle created (based on several criminals he had learned of) named Moriarty.

As Doyle puts it, "He is a man of good birth and excellent education, endowed by nature with a phenomenal mathematical faculty. At the age of twenty-one he wrote a treatise upon the binomial theorem which has had a European vogue. On the strength of it, he won the mathematical chair at one of our smaller universities, and had, to all appearances, a most brilliant career before him. But the man had hereditary tendencies of the most diabolical kind. A criminal strain ran in his blood, which, instead of being modified, was increased and rendered infinitely more dangerous by his extraordinary mental powers. Dark rumours gathered round him in the University town, and eventually he was compelled to resign his chair and come down to London. He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organiser of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city..."

[11/11/16]   This upcoming Wednesday join us for FREE PIZZA and Elizabeth Torpey's discussion of "The Big Rock Candy Mountain: A Look at Topographical Poetry and a Hobo's Paradise." 5.30pm Stern Center 101. Not to be missed!

The Friday following (the 18th) consider attending a report on attempts to reduce the jail population in Charleston. Kristy Danford will be presenting data on arrests and racial bias, as well as explaining reforms that are underway. 5pm Wells Fargo, School of Business


Take a look at the following opportunity for publication in an undergraduate philosophy journal:

STANCE: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Stance seeks original philosophical papers authored by current undergraduates.

Submission Guidelines:
Stance welcomes papers concerning any philosophical topic. Current undergraduates may submit a paper between 1500 and 3500 words in length (footnotes may extend the word limit 500 words at most). Stance asks that each undergraduate only submit one paper for the journal per year. Papers should avoid unnecessary technicality and strive to be accessible to the widest possible audience without sacrificing clarity or rigor. They are evaluated on the following criteria: depth of inquiry, quality of research/academic rigor, creativity, lucidity, struggle, significance, and, most importantly, originality.

Submission Procedures:
- Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) format and sent as an attachment to [email protected]
- Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including quotations, excerpts, and footnotes)
The right margin should not be justified
- To facilitate our anonymous review process, submissions are to be prepared for anonymous review. Include a cover page with the author’s name, affiliation, title, and email address. Papers, including footnotes, should have no other identifying markers.
- Footnotes should follow Chicago Manual of Style. A style sheet with examples is available on our website under More about Stance – Information for Authors.
- Please use American spellings and punctuation, except when directly quoting a source that has followed British style.
For further concerns, please visit Stance on the web at http://stancephilosophy.com/ or contact us at [email protected]
DEADLINE: December 16, 2016

stancephilosophy.com ABOUT US Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal is produced and edited entirely by undergraduate students. We aim to enrich student learning by providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to have their original scholarly work reviewed by or published in a peer-reviewed aca...

Here's the schedule of PhilSoc meetings for the Fall.

[10/30/16]   Hello everyone,

The Philosophical Society will be meeting again on Wednesday, Nov 2nd at 5:30pm in Stern Center room 206.

Ellyn Ahlemeyer will be leading a discussion centered around Michael Singer's "Who are you?" about the relevance of existential thought to psychology. The chapter explores ways of trying to isolate who a person is--what the core of the self is--as distinguished from the various thoughts, feelings, and experiences that a person happens to have.

We hope you can make it!

[10/20/16]   If any students are interested in joining Dr. Baker for a day-long discussion colloquium on policing and ethics, Nov 19th, please send her an email for information: [email protected]. Thanks!

[10/03/16]   The first meeting of the Philosophical Society is this Wednesday at 5:30 pm in Stern 206. Meredith Jackson will be leading the discussion "Rethinking Marxism," and we will be talking about Žižek and how his thought relates to her bachelor's essay work on post-Marxism. Please come if you're interested and bring anyone you'd like.

[07/27/16]   Don't forget to mark your calendars: 18 OCTOBER 2016

“A Deeper Black: Race in America,” Ta-Nehisi Coates,
Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street, Charleston, 6:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative funded by Google, Charleston County Public Library, the South Carolina Humanities, the SC Community Loan Fund, SunTrust, the Avery Institute, and the Sophia Institute.

[07/27/16]   This year the annual Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology is meeting in Savannah, from March 22 - 24, 2017.
The SC Philosophical Association meeting is not yet set, but details will be posted here. There is also the Georgia State Student Philosophy Symposium, details to be announced in the fall.
Conferences like these accept submissions from students.
It's worth thinking about if you have a paper you'd like to perfect. Do a practice run with fellow students in the Philosophical Society at CofC.

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[11/02/15]   What are the benefits of studying philosophy?
What can I do with a philosophy degree?

Dr. Neufeld, professor of philosophy at CofC, will join us to answer these questions this Thursday at 4:30pm in the common room of 14 Glebe St.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the major if you're undecided and/or considering to major or minor in philosophy.

Check out the link below if you're curious about Dr. Neufeld and his areas of research:


17th Annual Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in Asheville, February 6 2016. Papers and abstracts due Monday, November 16.


· 2015 Meeting

Attention CofC philosophy majors:

UPS will be traveling to NC State on Febuary 27th to attend the North Carolina Philosophical Society's annual conference! (http://www.northcarolinaphilosophicalsociety.org/?page_id=565) We have a few spots left, so if you are interested in attending or if you have any questions, please email Juliana at [email protected].

northcarolinaphilosophicalsociety.org The 2015 meeting will take place on Friday-Saturday, February 27-28 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. The keynote speaker will be Peter van Inwagen, John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, and Research Professor, Duke University. The Presidential Addr…

Come to CofC's PhilosoFest in January!

Come to the Philosophy Department's PhilosoFest January 16-17!

Class in African American Studies at CofC that might be of interest to philosophy students thinking about race, identity, power and politics.

[10/27/14]   There will not be regular UPS meeting this week, but our regular meeting will resume the Thursday after fall break, when we will be reading and discussing Kafka's "Before the Law" together. Details to follow!


Do you have a paper that you are particularly proud of? Revise it, polish it, and submit it to the Vassar Journal of Philosophy! Here is the Call for Papers.


Join UPS this coming monday at 5:15 in 14 Glebe for a meeting on what is at stake in our modern Practice of Philosophy! We will be joined by Dr. Neufeld and Dr. McKinnon for a great discussion on some problems we face in the professional field of philosophy. As always, there will be snacks!

[09/29/14]   Curious about the ins and outs of philosophy grad school? Join us today at 5:00pm in 14 glebe for our grad school in philosophy meeting with Dr. Baker!

[09/23/14]   Join us today at 5:15 in RSS 235 for a meeting re: Police Militarization. We will be discussing the use of military weaponry and tactics by local police forces. Sheriff Cannon will discuss these questions with special attention to his experience in Charleston County.

[09/15/14]   A quick reminder about today's UPS meeting at 5:00, in which we will discuss some Camus (see previous post for details).


[09/12/14]   Next UPS meeting Monday 9/15 at 5:00pm in 14 Glebe!

We will be discussing an essay by Albert Camus entitled Create Dangerously (attached), in which he explores the struggles modern artists face regarding the necessity of their own art, the relationship between art and the reality of the artist, and the intersection of the political sphere and artistic expression. Camus suggests that the artist must learn to bear the weight of freedom and responsibility for their work in the time of "art for art's sake", for, as Emerson puts it, "A man's obedience to his own genius is faith in its purest form".

Email [email protected] for a PDF of the reading.

See you there! (There will be cookies)


Philosophy Society meeting, Mon 9/1 5PM. We'll be talking about Virginia Woolf's short essay, _A Room of One's Own_.


[08/25/14]   We'll be meeting tonight at 5 behind the library to organize the upcoming semester. Join us and bring ideas!

[08/23/14]   We are tabling on George street today until 1pm! Come say hi!


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