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Meeting Information
Place: Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich Donut 5, 2nd Floor
Time: Fridays 5-6:30PM
Contact Information
Signer Information
Signer 1: Devin Morse
Signer 2: Woodley Brown
Signer 3: Shea Sweeney
Advisor Information
Advisor name: Laura Sizer
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Mission Statement

We exist to support and promote philosophy at Hampshire. To this end our primary activity is holding weekly meetings where students (and staff and faculty who wish to participate) can discuss topics, readings, and their own work in philosophy. We also hope to bring the methods of philosophical reasoning to a wide range of multi-disciplinary and "real-world" issues in our discussions, and encourage students from a wide range of disciplines to participate. We hope to promote philosophy in the wider Hampshire community through encouraging our members to publish in campus publications, organizing symposiums for students and faculty, and possibly even bringing in speakers.

Philosophy Circle is registered as a CEL-1 activity! If you need more hours than just our meetings times, you can help us organize and advertise!


Spring 2012

  • Feb. 10: ALL THE THINGS
  • Feb. 17: Consciousness, the Mind-Body Problem, with a foray at the end into Animal Ethics
  • Feb. 24: General
  • Mar. 2: Nature of actions, Philosophy of Science
  • Mar. 9: [Jonathan Westphal] on shadows
  • Mar. 30: Existentialism (led by [Zoe Fuller])
  • Apr. 6: Philosophy of Education
  • Apr. 13: Aesthetics (led my [Micah Isser])

Fall 2012

October: Death

  • Oct. 2: General Discussion


  • Nov. 6: Lee Spector, Professor of Computer Science

Spring 2013


  • Feb. 15: Epistemology. How can we justify our beliefs? (Suggested readings at bottom of page under "Justification") ~led by Devin
  • Feb. 22: Political Philosophy (Foucault) ~led by Shea


  • Mar. 1: Metaphysics & Ethics (Plato) ~led by Woodley
  • Mar. 8: Spinoza
  • Mar. 29: Contemporary Ethical Issue. TBD

Ideas for Topics

If you have an idea, post it here or on our Facebook group!

Past Events

  • Fall 2012: Women in Philosophy Panel Discussion with Laura Sizer, Monique Roelofs, and Earnest Alleva


Links, Resources, and Cool Stuff

Note: may not be representative of what we actually spend most of our time talking about.

General Philosophy

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. An excellent resource for overviews of philosophical terms, figures, and debates.

Stanford Encycopedia of Philosophy. Another resource. Can be accessed by everyone.

Philosophy Bro. Bro translations of philosophical texts. Reddit on Continental Theory. Should what modern philosophers do be called "philosophy"?


"Existentialism" from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

"Existentialism is a Humanism" by Jean-Paul Sartre

"Simone de Beauvoir" from the Stanford Encycolpedia of Philosophy

Philosophy of Education

"Philosophy of Education" from the Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy

-Patricia's Smith's "Skinhead" regarding the role of race in America, the political, perspective, and irony
-Shira Earlichman's "Daddy's Parking Lot Sermon" on social norms, masculinity and maturity
-Buddy Wakefield's "The Information Man" on religion and enlightenment
-Shane Koyczan's "The Crickets Have Arthritis" on grief & coming to terms with death


"Ludwig Wittgenstein" from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy The duck-rabbit illusion and what it means to "see"


"Death" from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

2012 Election and Wealth Distribution

"Ayn Rand" from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy "John Rawls" from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Frederich Nietzsche


"Epistemology" from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

"Solidarity or Objectivity" by Richard Rorty

"Justifying Inference Rules" by Earl Conee & Richard Feldman

"Justification by Balance" by Harvey Siegel

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