Reading Groups

Aesthetics Reading Group
(Professor Lydia Goehr):

The Columbia University Faculty-Student Aesthetics Group meets once a week (more or less) to discuss papers, chapters, themes, and topics pertaining to aesthetics, social theory, and the arts. All approaches and methods are discussed in an open and critical environment. Faculty, graduate students and visitors passing through town are welcome, though membership and attendance should be approved by Professor Lydia Goehr (

Conversational Attic Greek Reading Group*
(Professor Katja Vogt):
*This group will resume its meetings beginning spring 2018.
The Conversational Attic Greek Reading Group meets once a week for an hour in order to have a conversation in Attic Greek. It is run by students who have prior experience with conversational Attic Greek and is open to anyone with Ancient Greek knowledge, no matter whether they are working in Ancient Philosophy or not, and no matter whether they are a grad student, visiting scholar, faculty, or undergraduate. The basis for the conversations is a new text each week from the ‘AKROPOLIS WORLD NEWS’, which is a website where someone from the University of Andrews writes a short text in Attic Greek about something from the current news each week (see: This way the participants are able to talk about current happenings of the world in Attic, and can at the same time keep up with vocabulary and grammar in a fun way.

If you’re interested in participating, please contact Isabel Kaeslin (, and/or subscribe to the email list following this link:

Formal Philosophy Reading Group
(Professor Haim Gaifman):

The Formal Philosophy Group (FPG) at Columbia University is a faculty-student group dedicated to the study of the relation between formal methods and general philosophical investigation. FPG holds regular meetings throughout the academic year which cover a variety of topics in mathematical/philosophical logic, foundations of probability, rational choice. A schedule of meetings can be found at FPG's website. Please direct further inquiries to Robby Finley (

French Translation and Reading Group*
(Professor Frederick Neuhouser):
*This group will resume its meetings beginning spring 2018.
The French Translation and Reading Group meets once a week, one semester per year, to read, translate, and discuss philosophical texts in the original French.   Please direct inquiries to Professor Neuhouser (

German Idealism Reading Group
(Professor Wolfgang Mann):

The German Idealism Reading Group meets on a regular basis to read and discuss original texts by Kant or the Post-Kantian German Idealists. The focus is on texts which are less frequently studied in contemporary scholarship. In past semesters, we have read Fichte’s Foundations of Natural Right, the first edition of Jacobi’s Letters on the Doctrine of Spinoza and Schelling’s On Human Freedom. For questions regarding the current schedule, please email Jake McNulty ( or Thimo Heisenberg (

Non-western Philosophy Reading Group
(Assistant Professor Dhananjay Jagannathan):

New for 2017-2018. The Non-western Philosophy Reading Group meets roughly every other week for one hour to discuss a single philosophical text from a non-western tradition over the course of a semester, along with related primary and secondary readings. Fall 2017 will focus on the Monograph on Exclusion by Jñanasrimitra (975-1025 A.D.), a Buddhist philosopher whose theory of language and its relation to knowledge, reality, and ethical action was highly influential. Readings for Fall 2017 will also be taken from Classical Chinese philosophies that take up the same subject. No prior knowledge required. All faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students are welcome. If interested, please direct emails to Angela Vettikkal ( 
Phenomenology Reading Group
(Professor Taylor Carman):

The Phenomenology Reading Group meets (roughly) every other week to discuss primary and secondary texts in and pertaining to early 20th-century European philosophy. All faculty and graduate students are welcome to attend.  Please direct inquiries to Professor Carman (
Philosophy of Language Reading Group
(Assistant Professor Melissa Fusco):
New for 2017-2018. The Philosophy of Language Reading Group meets (roughly) weekly to discuss a variety of issues in philosophy of language. All faculty and students are welcome. For more information, please contact Philip Yaure,, or Andrew Richmond,

Social Philosophy Reading Group

(Professor Robert Gooding-Williams):

The Social Philosophy Reading Group meets every other week to discuss issues in social philosophy, broadly construed. A non-exhaustive list of the topics covered includes classical social philosophy, Frankfurt School critical theory, social ontology, philosophy of race, and feminist theory. The readings are decided early in the semester according to the participants’ current interests. For more information, please contact César Cabezas (