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 awardundergraduate retreat, 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 347 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 further meeting de/.,mnb vcxxcv bnm,./tails!

Please contact Tobin Johnson for more information about how to get involved.
January 9th - Professor Edin Lin
January 16th- Professor Neil Tennant will be talking about Paradoxicality
January 22nd - Movie screening: Anomalisa 6:30 p.m.
January 23rd - Discussion with Professor Lisa Shabel on the movie Anomalisa
February 6th - Nick Milinkivich will be talking about What is the ideal nature of collective action?
February 13th - Steven Dalglish will be talking about video gamea and personal identity.
February 27th - Dr. Steve Brown talking about the Ontological Argument
Preparation: (inessential) Read the personal identity chapter in “philosophy through video games”.

- (inessential) Play a flash platformer game online and reflect on how one interacts with the avatar on screen.
- (inessential) Watch the episode “San Junipero” of the series Black Mirror.
February 20th - Professor Justin D'Arms will discuss anger and retibutive reasons.
March 6th - Jamie Fritz Will discuss racial profiling and other examples of morally bad belief.
March 20th - Professor Glenn Hartz will be talking about The Divine Problem of Evil
March 27th - Professor Allan Silverman will have a discussion on meaning in life
April 3rd - Professor Robert Kraut will discuss some of the problems connected with theorizing about existance
April 10th - Organization meeting to reflect on programming, plan for next year, and see who would like to run for office


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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: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.

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

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  • Curent 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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