Events and Programs

Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00 President's Room of Brantly Hall, Philosophy Department Graduation Reception.

Please join our graduating seniors, our graduating MA students, their friends, family and professors for a celebration of their achievement.

Wednesday March 2, 2016, 7:30 Payne Family Native American Center 103 ``Philosophy and artificial intellignence: The Chinese room''

The Philosophy Society will be hosting a lecture and discussion on the possibility of conciousness for machines.  Philosophy Society webpage.

Tuesday March 1, 2016, 7:00 University Center Theater, ``Justice in motion: The evolution of a complex concept''

Come here UM Department of Philosophy's Professor Sherman's thoughts on Justice.  Details here.

Monday, February 29, 2016 7:00 Payne Family Native American Center, ``The philosophical foundations of animal advocacy''

Activist-philosopher-professor, Dr. Lisa Kemmerer will present some her her work and the work of other philosphers on the topic at hand.  Kemmerer is the author/editor of nine books, including Eating Earth: Dietary Choice and Environmental Health; Animals and World Religions; and Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice.  Known internationally for her work, she has most recently been invited to speak in Europe, Asia, and South America, as well as across the United States.

Monday, February 22, 2016 7:00 UC Ballroom, ``Does science point to atheism?''

Come and hear a discussion between UM's Department of Philosophy's Associate Professor Soazig Le Bihan and Assistant Professor Joshua Swamidass of the Department of Immunology and Pathology at Washington University School of Medicine, moderated by UM's Mark Hanson, on whether science pointes to atheism.  Read more.

Saturday, October 24th 2015 1:00-5:00 Montana-Idaho Graduate Colloquium in Environmental Philosophy

Come and listen to four papers in environmental philosophy by students from UM and our neighbors in Idaho. All are welcome. Payne Family Native American Center room 202.

Philosophy Forum

Each week of the academic term, normally on Tuesday afternoons, the Philosophy Department sponsors the Philosophy Forum, a program of presentations and discussions that range over a broad diversity of topics. Papers, papers in progress, book reports, informal reports, panels - the styles of presentation as well as the backgrounds of the presenters are varied. Not only Philosophy faculty and students, but faculty and students from other departments across the campus frequently both present and attend. Click Here for information about the upcoming forum.

Guth Lectures

The Brennan Guth lecture series is offered in memory of a former philosophy major, environmentalist, and world-class kayaker who died tragically in an accident on a river in Chile in 2001. Brennan´s love of philosophy and of environmental issues inspired many in Missoula to continue his legacy in numerous ways. In addition to the annual Brennan Guth lecture, a broad citizen effort in Brennan´s memory led to the construction of Brennan´s Wave on the Clark Fork River. An old irrigation diversion was converted into a standing wave for recreational kayaking where the river flows through downtown Missoula.

Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program

The Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program (MEPAP) at the University of Montana is charged with conducting research and educational activities focusing on the relationship of values to institutions and public affairs.  Their courses, seminars, lectures, and conferences examine the role that ethical values can and should play in public life, the moral quandaries faced by those who govern, including both philosophical and practical dimensions of political ethics, and the issues of leadership and character in public service.  Further information about the Program can be found at the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program website.

UM Philosophy Society

The UM Philosophy Society is made-up of current undergraduate and graduate students.  The Society regularly sponsors both informal discussions of philosophical issues and social events.  See the UM Philosophy Society facebook page.