On-Campus Events

Prometheus holds various undergraduate events. In the Fall, we hold biweekly philosophical discussions open to the public. In the spring, we host presentations by JHU philosophy graduate students on their research. We also offer JHU undergraduates the opportunity to enroll in a course, Prometheus Editorial Workshop, in which they serve as staff readers for the journal. We also host the annual Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in the spring.

Spring 2016

Spring events will take place every other Monday 7:30-9:00 PM in Gilman 288 unless specified otherwise.

-Seminar presentation by Kevin Powell, Human Flourishing as a Shared Activity (Feb 1st)

-Bioethics Discussion co-hosted with the Johns Hopkins Bioethics Society (Feb 15th)

-Seminar presentation by David Lindeman, Topics in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science (Feb 29th, Abstract)

-Discussion, When is Violent Revolution Justified? (Mar 21st)

-Seminar presentation by Cara Cummings (Apr 4th)

Fourth Annual Mid-Atlantic Philosophy Conference, all day in room tbd  (Apr 9th)

-Discussion on Paradoxes (Apr 18th)

-Seminar presentations by Helen Zhao and Cameron Davis (May 2nd)

Fall 2015

This Fall discussions will take place in Gilman 288 every other Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm.

-Can one be an ethical consumer under capitalism? (Sept 8)

-Is altruism possible? (Sept 22)

-Does the presence of evil and suffering disprove God’s existence? (Oct 6)

-Do we have free will? (Oct 20)

-What are our ethical obligations to nature? (Nov 3)

-Does death harm us? (Nov 17)

-Is philosophy useful? (Dec 1)

Fall 2014

This Fall discussions will take place in Gilman 288 every other Monday 7:30-8:30pm.

September 8: Are there moral/ethical facts?

September 22: Can science supplant philosophy?

October 6: What is the self?

October 20: Are we in a simulation?

November 3: Do we have free will?

November 17: What is experimental philosophy?

December 1: Does philosophy make progress?

Fall 2012

Meetings are held 7:00 – 8:00 PM in Gilman 288 on the following dates:

This semester, Prometheus primarily focused on political philosophy due to the presidential election this November 6th.  

Fall 2011

Every meeting will be held 7:30pm – 9:00pm in Gilman 288 on the noted dates.

  • Week 1 – The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory (09/12, Wednesday) (video)
  • Week 2 – The Creation of New Creatures (10/12, Wednesday) (video)
  • Week 3 – On Strange Beliefs (10/24, Monday) (video)
  • Week 4 – Stoke of Insight (11/07, Monday) (video)
  • Week 5 – Is Anatomy Destiny? (11/21, Monday) (video)

Fall 2010

  • Week 1 – Is your iPhone part of your mind? (09/09)
  • Week 2 – Is philosophy continuous with science? (09/23)
  • Week 3 – What does it mean to be a philosopher? (10/07)
  • Week 4 – How are mathematics and philosophy related? (10/21)
  • Week 5 – What is the difference between human beings and animals? (11/04)

Fall 2009

Fall 2008

Fall 2006

  • Week 1 – Plato’s “Meno” (9/8/06)
  • Week 2 – Richard Bett’s “Le bon et le beau selon les Stoïciens” (9/15/06)
  • Week 3 – Plato’s “Symposium” and the SEP article on Stoicism (9/22/06)
  • Week 3.5 – Richard Bett’s “Le bon et le beau selon les Stoïciens” (w/ Richard Bett) (9/24/2006)
  • Week 4 – Bernard Williams’ “The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality.” (9/28/06)
  • Week 5 – Bernard Williams’ “The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality.” (w/ Steven Gross) (10/5/06)
  • Week 6 – John M. Fischer’s “Epicureanism about Death and Immortality” (10/12/06)

Spring 2006

  • Week 1 – Dennett’s “Breaking the Spell” (3/09/06)
  • Week 2 – Gewirth’s “Ethical Universalism and Particularism” (3/16/06)
  • Week 3 – “Gunk, Topology, and Measure” (3/30/06)
  • Week 4 – Hegel’s “Phenomenology of Spirit” – Ch.4 (4/06/06)
  • Week 5 – Bermudez’s “Normativity and Rationality in Delusional Disorders” (w/ Mark Jenkins) (4/13/06)
  • Week 6 – Being and Becoming in Modern Physics (w/ Rob Rynasiewicz) (4/20/06)
  • Week 7 – Schopenhauer’s “The Emptiness of Existence” (4/27/06)
  • Week 8 – Williams’ “Why Contextualism is Not Relativism” (w/ Michael Williams) (5/04/06)

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