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Reading Groups

The Saint Louis University Department of Philosophy offers a number of reading groups that run continuously throughout the academic year. They are organized by faculty around topics of current interest.

Epistemology Reading Group

The Epistemology Reading Group meets to discuss recent work and work in progress in epistemology.  For more information about the group, including announcements regarding current topics and readings, as well as meeting times and places, please contact Joe Salerno, Ph.D. at

History and Philosophy of Science Reading Group

Kent Staley, Ph.D., leads this interdisciplinary group for anyone whose interests are in the scientific and 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 to have a means by which people with these shared interests can gather together and learn. The group is run as a cooperative venture between faculty and graduate students. Activities include discussions of readings, presentation of papers, invited speakers, tutorials on topics of interest, and anything else the group decides is a good idea.

Medieval Latin Reading Group

The Medieval Latin Reading Group provides an informal setting for graduate students to maintain and improve their Latin skills. The prerequisite for participation in the group is one year of formal course-work in Latin grammar or the equivalent.

The group convenes online using Fuze video conferencing software and is attended by faculty and graduate students from several different universities in the St. Louis/Chicago area.

The expectation is 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 welcome. For details regarding texts and meeting times, contact Susan Brower-Toland at

Happiness and Well-Being Reading Group

Daniel Haybron, Ph.D., organizes the Happiness and Well-Being Reading Group. The group most recently read Valuing Health by Daniel Hausman. For more information, contact Haybron at