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A deep dive into Vol State’s Philosophy Club  

By: Keturah Tobias

Volunteer State Community College hosts Philosophy Club meetings in SRB room 252. The next meeting will be on April 4th from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Pizza will be provided. 

Guest speaker Dr. Scott Aiken, a philosophy professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He will be discussing Stoicism.  

Professor Matthew Williams-Wyant and Professor Shipley facilitate the meetings which are open to all students, no matter if they are currently in a philosophy class or not. 

According to the Philosophy Clubs flyer other spring meetings are:

  • 4/4/23 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • 4/17/23 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

The purpose of the club and its meetings is for students to discuss philosophical topics and questions that are important to students.  

Once or twice a year, the facilitators attempt to host more formal meetings inviting a speaker to talk about their research. 

“It’s precisely this connection to everyday life, to our lived experience, that makes philosophy indispensable. Philosophy provides the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the world when the ready-made truths – the platitudes and cliches imposed on us by society, our family members, friends, various forms of media, religious organizations, academic disciplines, and yes, even by philosophers themselves – fail to adequately account for the tension, contradictions, and crises we experience as individuals, as members of a community, as citizens in a democracy, and as part of an ecosystem.”


said Williams-Wyant

The club is a great way for students to create a space for them to discuss philosophical topics and understandings that are difficult and meaningful. 

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