News & Events

Memorial Service for Dr. William B. Griffith

Friday, May 2nd in the late afternoon

Elliot School of International Affairs - Harry Harding Auditorium

More details to come

2014 Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Paper submissions due March 1, 2014

Friday, Aprill 11th at 1:00pm

Marvin Center Room 308

For more information, view the flyer here

2014 First Annual Griffith Lecture  (formerly known as the Goutman Lecture)

"Heidegger on Authenticity as an Extra-Moral Ideal" by Dr. Mark Wrathall

Friday, March 21st at 4:00pm

Duques Hall Room 151 

For more information, view the flyer here

2014 Annual Thacher Lecture 

"What Does A Mathematical Proof Really Prove" by Dr. Otavio Bueno 

Friday, February 28th at 4:00pm

Duques Hall Room 251 

For more information, view the flyer here

Spring 2014 Proseminars 

"Heidegger's Being and Time" taught by Professor Ralkowski 

Time: Wednesday 3:30 - 6:00 

PHIL 4198.80 HONR 2175.82 CRN: 95381

For more information, check out the flyer 

"Kant's Critique of Pure Reason"

Time: Tuesdays 11:10 - 1:00 

PHIL 4198.10 CRN: 90857

for more information, check out the flyer

Upcoming: Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The George Washington University Philosophy Club hosts an Undergraduate Philosophy Conference every Spring. This year, the Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is scheduled for April 11, 2014 in Marvin Center. More information regarding the event is coming soon!

  • Conference announcements are usually distributed in January.
  • Submissions are usually due by the beginning of March.
  • For more information, contact the faculty liaison, Michael Sigrist.


Past Events

Brown Bag Lecture Series 

"Temporality and Alterity in Descartes' Meditations" 

Presented by Professor Cameron Bassiri on November 22, 2013 

View the abstract of this paper here

"Representation by the Bootstraps" 

Presented by Professor Dimiter Kirilov on November 8, 2013

View the abstract of this paper here


"Isolation and Otherness in Wenders' Wings of Desire"

Presented by Professor Chris Venner on October 18, 2013 

View the draft of this paper here

First Annual Sophia Lecture

Speaker: Gayle Salamon of Princeton University 

Topic: "Phenomenological Anonymity"

December 6th at 4:00pm in Duques Hall RM 152 

For more information, view the flyer here

2013 Elton Lecture

Friday, September 6  - 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Pogge

Location: Elliott School, 1957 E Street, Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213.

Title: The Post-2015 Development Agenda

See more information on the event flyer.


2013 Goutman Lecture

Friday, April 26th - 4:30 p.m.

Speaker: John Stuhr, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair at Emory University

Location: Phillips B152

Title: Pragmatism about God, Death and the Absurd

See more information on the event flyer.


2013 Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Friday, March 1st -12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Funger Hall Room 222
*A pizza dinner will follow at 5:15 p.m. in the Smith Hall Art Gallery
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2013 Thacher Lecture

Friday, March 22nd - 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Kristin Andrews, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at York University in Toronto

Location: Phillips 411


See more information on the event flyer.



Friday, September 28th

Marvin Center 404-405


For more information please see the schedule.


University Professor Of Philosophy Peter Caws will also be giving a lecture as a part of Alumni Weekend

Saturday, September 29th at 9:30 am


For more information please see the abstract.


2012 Thacher Lecture

Friday, April 20th- 4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Peter Godfrey-Smith, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Location: Phillips 411

Title: The Evolution of Meaning

See more information on the event flyer.


Other Past Events

Friday, February 3rd, 2012 - 2012 Goutman Lecture by David Cole: Accounting for Torture after 9/11: The Challenge of Looking Backwards

Friday ,November 18th,  2011 - 2011 Elton Lecture by Graham Priest: Between the Horns of Realism and Idealism: The Philosophy of Madhyamaka Buddhism

Friday, April 29th, 2011 - 2011 Goutman Lecture by Frances Kamm: Justice After War: Proportionality and Compensation

Friday, February 25th, 2011 - 2011 Thacher Lecture by Shaun Nichols: On the psychological origins of dualism: Dual-process cognition and the explanatory gap

Friday, October 1st, 2010 - 2010-11 Elton Lecture by Ed Casey: "On Not Putting Too Fine an Edge on Things"

April 16, 2010 - 2009-10 Elton Lecture by Robert Goodin: "Against Striving"

February 19, 2010 - 2009-10 Goutman Lecture by Christopher Heath Wellman: "Taking Human Rights Seriously"

February 5, 2010 - 2009-10 Thacher Lecture by José Bermúdez: "Mindreading in Animals: Can Animals Think About Thinking?"

October 28, 2009 - 2009 Annual Meeting for the Society for Interdisciplinary Feminist Phenomenology

April 23, 2009 - 2008-09 Elton Lecture by Steven Nadler: "Spinoza, Leibniz, and the Gods of the Philosophers"

March 6, 2009 - 2008-09 Thacher Lecture by Marc Hauser: "How We Evolved A Moral Organ"

November 6, 2008 - 2008-09 Goutman Lecture by Allen Buchanan: "The Egalitarianism of Human Rights"

April 14, 2008 - 2007-08 Thacher Lecture by Stewart Shapiro: "Philosophy of Mathematics: Kant's Heroic Synthesis"

March 11, 2008 - 2007-08 Elton Lecture by Ezekiel Emanuel: "A Proposal for Health-Care Reform"




Student Spotlight: From Refugee to Author

At an age when most students are completing secondary school, Makwei “Joseph” Mabioor Deng was living at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, having fled there with his family to escape atrocities taking place in his southern Sudanese village. But, thanks to the Banaa Scholarship and his sheer determination to not just survive but make a difference, the Philosophy major published a book in his native language, Dinka, and has aspirations for law school.