Working groups provide a casual, semi-structured space to work with faculty in an extracurricular setting.
The Philosophy as a Way of Life Group provides faculty and students from all disciplines the opportunity to investigate what it is to adopt philosophy as a way of life. Topics and readings are decided by members of the group at the start of each semester. Examples of topics include virtue, friendship, love, attention, how best to relate to one’s emotions, what it is to value or care about something, and what is required to live a meaningful or valuable life. Members of the group discuss the readings and then devise experiments in living to try out or test the ideas from them. The group also aims to develop research projects on topics related to living philosophically. If you are interested in joining this group, or have any questions about it, please contact Jacob Stump, Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy.
The Urban Studies Group will explore how urban spaces are produced, reproduced, transformed, and deconstructed. Bringing together scholars from across the humanities and looking to build ties with engineers and lawyers, this group engages questions around the interaction between formal processes governing the production of urban spaces, and the material used to build these spaces, questions around which scales of political organization and intervention are best for governing the re/production of the urban, questions about how heterogeneous processes of empire and decolonialization intersect with the re/production, transformation, and deconstruction of the urban, and finally how, the financialization of those urban spaces affects their production and transformation. The group plans to bring researchers and practitioners to campus to present their work and lead discussions. We will also read each other’s work, with an eye towards producing interdisciplinary research methodologies. If you are interested in joining this group, or have any questions about it, inquiries should be directed to Matthew Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy.
The AI and Data Ethics Group provides faculty and students from all disciplines the opportunity to study and discuss emerging issues and current research related to information, data, computing and AI ethics. Topics, readings and speakers are decided upon by members of the group on an ongoing basis. Examples of topics include justice and fairness in machine learning, the form and extent of rights to information and technology access, the appropriate roles of institutions to prevent dissemination of misinformation, the responsible collection and sharing of data, AI research oversight models, and the moral status of artificial intelligences. The group also aims to encourage and develop information ethics research projects and collaborations by its members. Students and faculty from any discipline are encouraged to join. If you are interested in joining this group, or have any questions about it, inquiries should be directed to John Basl, Associate Professor of Philosophy.