Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Student Organization and Honor Society
The Philosophy Club is a student organization dedicated
to the promotion of philosophical discussion at Northwest. It also
serves as the local chapter of Phi Sigma Tau--a national honor society
having as its purpose the recognition of academic excellence in philosophical
study, and the promotion of interest in philosophy among the general collegiate
public. The honor society was founded in 1930 at Muhlenberg College. Since
that time it has grown to over 100 chapters nationwide. Among the activities
of the national society is the publication of the journal Dialogue.
(For more information on the national society, click here.) The
Northwest chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, Missouri Tau, was founded under the
sponsorship of James Eiswert, who also served as the chapter's first advisor.
Meetings of the Philosophy Club are held throughout the academic year.
Membership is open to all students who wish to be involved in the philosophical
community of Northwest. Over the years The Philosophy Club/Phi
Sigma Tau--Missouri Tau has sponsored numerous events of philosophical
interest. Among these are the following:
In addition to these sponsored events, Phi Sigma
Tau--Missouri Tau holds an initiation ceremony in the spring of each
year, in conjunction with Phi Alpha Theta, the honor society in history.
A speaker in philosophy or history offers a presentation at these ceremonies.
- The sponsorship in the fall of 1995 of the
performance at a Truman State University conference of "A God on Trial,"
a dramatic exploration of the problem of evil originally written and performed
by the students of James Eiswert's Philosophy of Religion class in the
spring of 1995.
- A debate in the fall of 1998 on the issue
of the morality of abortion.
- A debate in the winter of 1999 on the question
of God's existence.
- A public discussion in the fall of 1999
on the decision of the Kansas State Board of Education to drop evolutionary
theory from the required science curriculum, involving nine faculty members
from the sciences, philosophy, and history.
- A public discussion in the spring of 2001
of the role of religion in ethical thought and moral life. The
discussion panel included two local religious leaders.
- A debate in the fall of 2003 on the moral
and political justification of the invasion of Iraq, which involved four
- A presentation by Bart Vandenabeele from Ghent University
in the fall of 2005.
- Rich and Poor: A Panel Discussion on the Ethics of Economic Disparity,
- A panel discussion on stem cell research in the fall of 2006.
- A panel discussion on technology and privacy in the fall of
- A showing of "Blade Runner" followed by discussion with Christopher
Anadale, spring 2008.
- A debate on the historicity of the resurrection in the spring
- Panel discussion: Darwinian Evolution: Abuses and Misunderstandings,
- A panel discussion: Science and Pseudoscience: What's the Difference,
- Gay Marriage: A Discussion, fall 2012.
- Launch of Stoa Talks, spring 2014.
Membership of the Philosophy Club is open to any students
with an active interest in philosophy and philosophical discussion.
Eligibility for full membership in the national honor society is based
on academic history and merit. For further information, see the Letter of Invitation
to new members. To be informed about meeting times and other club information
contact Richard Field, Faculty Advisor, by calling 562-1296 or sending
an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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