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There are a number of reading groups that run continuously throughout the academic year. These groups are organized by faculty around topics of current interest to students and faculty alike. The following provides a list and brief description of current reading groups. Visit the departmental calendar or group websites for more information about meeting times.


St. Louis Area Metaphysics Group (SLAM)

This group brings together philosophers from the St. Louis area to discuss issues in metaphysics. The group is organized by John Greco (SLU), John Heil (Wash U) and Eleonore Stump (SLU). For more information about the group, including announcements regarding current topics/readings as well as meeting times and places, visit this page.

History and Philosophy of Science Study Group

Kent Staley leads this interdisciplinary group for anyone whose interests are in the scientific/philosophical developments and problems of a particular historical period or setting, the conceptual or foundational issues of a particular science, or general philosophical problems relating to any aspect of the scientific enterprise. The purpose of the group is very simply to have a means by which people with these shared interests can gather together and learn. Activities may include discussions of readings, presentation of papers, invited speakers, tutorials on topics of interest, and anything else the group decides is a good idea. It is run as a cooperative venture between faculty and graduate students.

This semester, the reading group will read Staley's, An Introduction to Philosophy of Science, which is a manuscript under contract with Cambridge UP. It meets on Fridays at 1pm on the third floor commons area of Adorjan Hall. Check the Department Calendar for details regarding meeting times/dates. 

Epistemology Reading Group

This group meets to discuss recent work and work in progress in epistemology. The group is organized by John Greco and Joe Salerno. For more information about the group, including announcements regarding current topics/readings as well as meeting times and places, visit this page.  

Social and Political Philosophy Reading group

The reading group, organized by James Bohman and William Rehg, invites graduate students and faculty to meet throughout the academic year to discuss recent work in social and political philosophy. Starting in the Fall 2012, we will read Rainer Forst, The Right to Justification. We will meet Fridays at 2pm in the third floor lounge.

Philosophy of Logic Reading Group

This group meets regularly to discuss topics in the philosophy of logic. This semester we will be reading Timothy Williamson's book Modal Logic as Metaphysics (OUP 2013). The group meets on Fridays at 10am, sometimes at Saint Louis University, sometimes at Wash U. Check the Departmental Calendar for details regarding meeting times and places. The group is organized by Joe Salerno (SLU) and Gillian Russell (WashU). 

Saint Louis Philosophy of Religion (SLRP) Group

This group is organized by Jon Jacobs and Susan Brower-Toland. The groups meets to discuss readings focusing on issues in contemporary, analytic philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. SLRP meets on alternating Fridays (alternating with SLAM) at 2pm. 

Dante Reading Group

Eleonore Stump, the Robert J. Henle Chair in Philosophy, coordinates and leads a number of reading groups in which philosophy graduate students regularly participate. Over the last couple years, she has led a group reading Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio. This semester we will go through the Paradiso, completing Dante's masterpiece. We will be using Ciardi's translation of the Paradiso. Anyone interested in joining the reading group should contact Joel Archer by email. We will be meeting Sundays from 3pm-4:30pm in the Marchetti Room on the second floor of Jesuit Hall.  

Medieval Latin Reading Group

The Medieval Latin reading group provides an informal setting for graduate students to maintain and improve their Latin skills (prerequisite is the equivalent of one year of formal course-work in Latin grammar). We expect that students who are writing (or are planning to write) a dissertation in Medieval Philosophy will participate, but the group is by no means restricted to medievalists. Anyone interested in gaining both greater facility in reading Latin philosophical texts and increased familiarity with a range of topics and thinkers in the history of medieval philosophy is most welcome. For details regarding texts and meeting times contact Susan Brower-Toland.