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Boise State University Philosophy Club

Phil Club Students at the 2019 Pacific University Undergrad Philosophy conference April 5 & 6 in Forest Grove, Oregon.



Dr. Reina Hayaki lectures students

Phil Club members listen to Dr. Reina Hayaki from U of Nebraska, Eric Torres Photos

Our Purpose

The Philosophy Club is intended to provide a forum for the free exchange and discussion of philosophical ideas among Boise State undergraduates and Philosophy Department faculty. One of the principle functions of the Club is sponsorship of periodic visits by philosophers from other universities.



Club Meetings

The Club meets every other Thursday at 7 p.m., at Papa Joe’s which is at the corner of University Drive and Capital Boulevard. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Here is the Phil Club’s Facebook page.

Club Officers (2018-19)

President: Joshua Semko

Vice President: John Martin

Secretary:  Sean Hinkle

Treasurer: Aaron Lampe

Club Advisor: Dr. Brian Kierland
(208) 426-1474

Upcoming Events

Dr. Alistair Norcross (U of Colorado; prominent utilitarian)

Friday, March 8, 2019

4:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Room TBD

“More Mistakes in Moral Mathemetics:  The Difference an Individual Can Make”

Collectively, we can have large effects on important outcomes. When enough consumers change their buy and eating habits, demand for cruelly raised animals is reduced, and fewer are forced to endure lives of torment and misery, merely to satisfy the gustatory desires of human beings, who would live healthier lives without consuming animal products, and would also contribute far less to increasingly dangerous climate changes. Likewise, national elections are decided by the votes of many millions of citizens. It ca seem, though, that each individual is powerless to change anything. This pessimistic view is justified. When we consider the significance of the difference that we might make through our individual choices, even very small chances of making such a difference justify the (often small) effort involved in, for example, voting, or switching to a plant-based diet.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Topic TBD

11:00 am to 12:45 pm

Room TBD


Dr. Irem Kurtsal (Allegheny College)

Friday, April 12, 2019

Topic TBD

4:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Room TBD


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Topic TBD

11:00 am to 12:45 pm

Room TBD


Past Events

Phil Club Meeting – February 7, 2019

















The Reading “Are We Free To Break Laws”


Picture of Kate McCallum

Kate McCallum

Friday, December 7, 2018

Kate McCallum, University of Brighton

“Art as Inquiry”

4:00 pm to 5:45 pm

ILC 202



Picture of Dr. Ian McLoughlin

Dr. Ian McLoughlin

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dr. Ian O’Loughlin, Pacific University

“Science, Knowledge, and Understanding

11:00 am to 12:45 pm

ILC 204


For information on events contact club president Josh Semko at



Undergraduate Scholarly Opportunities

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Pacific University – Undergraduate Philosophy Conference