Reading Groups

Aesthetics Reading Group
Facutly Sponsor: 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 ([email protected]).

Formal Philosophy Reading Group
Facutly Sponsor: 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 ([email protected]).

French Translation and Reading Group*
Facutly Sponsor: Professor Frederick Neuhouser
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 ([email protected]).
Non-western Philosophy Reading Group
Facutly Sponsor: Professor Katja Vogt
The Non-Western Philosophy Reading Group meets roughly every other week for one hour to read and discuss a single philosophical text from a non-western tradition. Fall 2019 will focus on Vasubandhu's Abhidharmakosa, a dialogue that examines the nature of the person and attempts to refute the ultimate existence of selfhood. In previous semesters, the group has read Nāgārjuna’s Vigrahavyāvartanī (The Dispeller of Disputes), Jñānaśrīmitra’s Apohaprakaraṇa (Monograph on Exclusion),  Chapter 2 of the Zhuangzi (the “Equalizing Assessments of Things”), and the Daodejing. All faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students are welcome. If interested, please direct emails to Qian Cao ([email protected]) and Chuyu Tian ([email protected]).

Phenomenology Reading Group
Faculty Sponsor: Professor Frederick Neuhouser
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 ([email protected]).
Philosophy of Language Reading Group
Faculty Sponsor: Assistant Professor Melissa Fusco
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, [email protected], or Andrew Richmond, [email protected].

Philosophy of Mind Reading Group
Facutly Sponsor: Assistant Professor John Morrison
The Philosophy of Mind Reading Group meets regularly to discuss issues in the philosophy of mind. For more information, please contact Andrew Richmond, [email protected].
Social Philosophy Reading Group
Facutly Sponsor: 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 Ethan Jacobs ([email protected]).