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.
Philosophy Society President, Jason
Jason is a senior Philosophy major with a Cognitive Science minor. He is planning to attend a PhD program in Philosophy. Jason’s primary areas of interest include Selfhood, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, and Eastern Philosophy.
Vice President: Caesar Lin
Caesar is a Philosophy and Linguistics/Psychology major. He plans to do a philosophy graduate program after a gap year. Caesar’s main interests include Subjective Metaphysics, Skepticism, and Eastern Philosophy.
External Communications Officer: Samantha Lamb
Sam is a senior with a double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science, and a double minor in Philosophy and Human Rights. She plans to use her undergraduate degree in order to become an environmental lawyer and be impactful within environmental legislature. Her areas of interest are Political Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, and Epistemology.
Secretary: Marshall Sornborger
Marshall is a Linguistics/Philosophy major interested in Philosophy of Mind, Social Philosophy, and their influence on psychology and anthropology. He is planning on being a Marriage and Family Counselor, applying knowledge of how ideas affect behavior.