Student Life and Resources


The Department of Philosophy works to foster a sense of community among its undergraduates outside of the classroom. Below you will find information regarding our philosophy clubundergraduate department award, and a list of resources ranging from philosophy databases to comics and podcasts.


Undergraduate Philosophy Club

The Undergraduate Philosophy Club at the Ohio State University is an active group of students interested in all things philosophical. The club functions as a forum for philosophical discussion to complement and enhance academic studies, providing intellectual support by forming connections with other undergraduates. The club is entirely student led and programmed, welcoming all majors, ideologies, and levels of familiarity. Each Wednesday at 6:00 PM, students gather in University Hall to discuss a topic of interest amongst themselves or with an invited faculty or graduate student guest from around the University. There are social events associated with the Club and, in the past, the Club has hosted Undergraduate Philosophy Conferences that have brought student visitors from around the country to present their work. Join us on Wednesdays in University Hall, and join our Facebook group for updates on programming.

Please contact Professor Lisa Shabel for more information about how to get involved.
2019-2020 Schedule
University Hall 56
Aug. 28, 6 p.m.: Discussion of plans for the year and election of a Vice President and Secretary
Sept. 4, 6 p.m.: Book Club: discussion on a short excerpt from an essay by Douglas Harding called “On having no head"

Sept. 11, 6 p.m. Professor Declan Smithies on Moral Skepticism

Sept. 18, 6 p.m. Professor Tamar Rudavsky on Time

Oct. 2, 6 p.m. Book Club: Introduction chapter, "Rhizome," to Gilles Deluze's "A Thousand Plateaus"

Oct. 9 Meeting is Cancelled

October 16, 6 p.m. Ryan Michael on Art Criticism

October 23, 6 p.m. Julian Jefko on Language

October 30, 6 p.m. Dr. Andrew Mills. Otterbein University, on Stoicism

November 6, 6 p.m. Zoe Ashton on proofs

November 12, 6 p.m. Dr. Dana Howard on the Ethics of Pedestaling: Testimony, Admiration, and Epistemic Injustice

November 20, 6 p.m. Dr. Michael Neblo from the PolySci department will be speaking about democratic theory, particularly the features of being a constituent that give one normative standing to make claims on one’s elected representatives.

December 4, 6 p.m.  Brandon Baker: "Dualism and materialism play an integral role with one another. I am going to present arguments from John Serale, a modern day philosopher, who talks about how the brain and soul may separate entities that the material mind creates, giving life to an immaterial, soul-like mind"

January 15, 6 p.m. Discussion of "Where Am I" by Dr. Daniel Dennett. Meeting will take place in UH0056

January 29, 6 p.m. Dr. Chris Pincock: "Why read Marx today?"  in UH0056

February 5, 6 p.m. Reading Meeting in UH 0056, "Active and Passive Euthanasia" by James Rachels. Reading is here:

February 11, 6 p.m. Movie Week: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in UH0056. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

February 12, 6 p.m. Movie Week: Film Discussion led by Dr. Lisa Shabel: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

February 19, 6 p.m. Dr. Emma Saunders-Hastings will speak about "dirty money" -- donations (to universities, museums, etc.) from controversial donors or that represent money acquired through morally unacceptable activities or relationships.  UH0056

February 26, 6 p.m. in UH 0056, Dr. Shannon Winnubst will discuss the historical nature of categories.

March 4, 6 p.m. in UH 0056 Discussion of "The Death of the Author" by Roland Barthes.


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Undergraduate Philosophy Ambassadors


The Philosophy Department appoints several Undergraduate Philosophy Ambassadors each year to help faculty with community building and recruitment. We are pleased to welcome three current Philosophy Majors as Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. They are Santiago Garcia-Mata, Douglas Synowka and Ethan Weiland. 

Please contact Professor Lisa Shabel for more information about the Undergraduate Philosophy Ambassadors program.


Bingham Award


Each Spring the Philosophy Department awards the Bingham Prize to a deserving undergraduate. This prize is designed to recognize undergraduate excellence in Philosophy, and is awarded on the basis of a student essay written during the previous year. The Philosophy Department will present the prize of $750 and an engraved medal to the winner.

Qualifications for Submissions:

  • You must have taken an undergraduate philosophy course at OSU during the current school year or during spring term of the previous year.
  • You must have written the essay since spring break of the previous academic year.
  • You must have your essay endorsed by a faculty member or graduate teaching associate in the Philosophy Department.

Deadline for Submission: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 4:00pm

Submission details, a list of past winners, and the history of the award can be found here.

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  • Current and Upcoming Courses
    A list of courses being offered in the philosophy department over the current and upcoming terms
  • Social Media
    Keep up to date with department happenings by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter #OSUUndergradPhilosophy
  • What I Did with My Philosophy Major
    A collection of recent Ohio State philosophy graduates share their stories of life after college with a philosophy degree
  • Guide to Undergraduate Studies
    Details concerning majoring, minoring, and pursuing a honors degree in philosophy at Ohio State
  • Philosophy Alumni Database
    A collection of contact information for philosophy graduates from the past 20 years who have offered to discuss their experiences with current undergraduates; contact Michelle Brown to request a copy of the database



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