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There are a number of reading groups that run continuously throughout the academic year. These groups are organized by faculty around topics of current interest to students and faculty alike. The following provides a list and brief description of current reading groups. Visit the departmental calendar or group websites for more information about meeting times.
St. Louis Area Metaphysics Group (SLAM)
This group brings together philosophers from the St. Louis area to discuss issues in metaphysics. The group is organized by John Greco (SLU), John Heil (Wash U) and Eleonore Stump (SLU). For more information about the group, including announcements regarding current topics/readings as well as meeting times and places, visit this page.
History and Philosophy of Science Study Group
Kent Staley leads this interdisciplinary group for anyone whose interests are in the scientific/philosophical developments and problems of a particular historical period or setting, the conceptual or foundational issues of a particular science, or general philosophical problems relating to any aspect of the scientific enterprise. The purpose of the group is very simply to have a means by which people with these shared interests can gather together and learn. Activities may include discussions of readings, presentation of papers, invited speakers, tutorials on topics of interest, and anything else the group decides is a good idea. It is run as a cooperative venture between faculty and graduate students.
This semester, the History and Philosophy of Science reading group will undertake James Woodward's Making Things Happen: A Theory of Causal Explanation. It meets on alternate Fridays, leapfrogging the SLPR group's meetings. Look for us in the third floor commons area of Adorjan Hall.
Epistemology Reading Group
This group meets to discuss recent work and work in progress in epistemology. The group is organized by John Greco and Joe Salerno. For more information about the group, including announcements regarding current topics/readings as well as meeting times and places, visit this page.
Social and Political Philosophy Reading group
The reading group, organized by James Bohman and William Rehg, invites graduate students and faculty to meet throughout the academic year to discuss recent work in social and political philosophy. Starting in the Fall 2012, we will read Rainer Forst, The Right to Justification. We will meet Fridays at 2pm in the third floor lounge.
Conditionals Reading Group
This group meets regularly to discuss the language and logic of indicative conditionals, with special emphasis on their context sensitivity. The group is organized by Joe Salerno.
Saint Louis Philosophy of Religion (SLRP) Group
This group is organized by Jon Jacobs and Eleonore Stump. The groups meets to discuss readings focusing on issues in contemporary, analytic philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. SLRP meets on alternating Fridays (alternating with SLAM) at 2pm.
Prof. Stump's Reading Group
Eleonore Stump, the Robert J. Henle Chair in Philosophy, coordinates and leads a number of reading groups in which philosophy graduate students regularly participate. In Fall 2012, Eleonore Stump will be coordinating a reading group on the Thomistic syhtesis. Anyone interested in being in this group should contact her research assistant, Joel Archer (email@example.com). Books will be provided by Dr. Stump's office.
Medieval Latin Reading Group
Colleen McCluskey and Susan Brower-Toland coordinate the Medieval Latin reading group. The group meets for 1 hour every week to translate selected Medieval Latin philosophical texts (texts and authors vary from semester to semester). The group provides an informal setting for graduate students at all levels to maintain and improve their Latin skills. No advance preparation for sessions is required, and the only prerequisite is a basic knowledge of Latin grammar. We expect that students who are writing (or are planning to write) a dissertation in Medieval Philosophy will participate, but the group is by no means restricted to medievalists. Anyone interested in gaining greater facility in reading Latin philosophical texts is most welcome.