Pondering the questions of the ancients, whose mysteries still engage us today, is the heart of the Philosophy Society. Can we find our own answers to age old questions of good, evil, truth, and illusions? Or rather, must these very questions be revised to render them sensible and answerable? By interweaving opposing viewpoints, we are able to arrive at a subtler understanding of pressing issues. This is one of the reasons that community, diversity, and friendship are amongst our chief values. We aim to create an environment that challenges people's beliefs but remains cordial and supportive to members of the UConn community. Our endeavors are grounded in changing our minds and hearts, and influencing how we live in the world and with ourselves. Living wisely is among our chief aims.
Welcome to the Undergraduate Philosophy Society! We are open to students of all areas of study, and most of our members are non-philosophy majors. No background in philosophy is necessary. We discuss a broad range of topics such as: What is the foundation of human knowledge? What are the ethical considerations of animal ownership and caretaking? How far can humanity depart from nature before violating our ethical principles? Is stepping into a teleporter suicide? To what degree is it ethical to alter one's life for the sake of societal norms? How much can we really know about our own minds while dwelling inside of them, and does this give us a more or less accurate perspective on them? What is the role of science in society, and what are the limits of what science can teach us? Are human reason and emotion always in conflict or do they mutually support each other?
We host weekly discussion meetings, reading groups, guest speakers, and joint-organization events. Become a member on our UConntact page to be on the mailing list or join the discussion on our Discord server! Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.
Cole is excited to be secretary of the Undergraduate Philosophy Society. He is a senior pre-med student studying Physiology and Neurobiology. In his free time, he works in the climbing gym, plays piano and is a TA for Organic Chemistry.
Alex is a junior dual degree student studying Allied Health and French. She plans on continuing her education with a Masters in Public Health and working in the international public health field in the future. Her interests in philosophy center around the philosophy of language and how the language we speak affects the way we interpret the world around us.