Philosophy Club


Friends of the Forms is a student philosophy club that began in 1975. It has been awarded Arts & Sciences Student Organization of the Year multiples times. We sponsor bi-weekly lectures and discussions with faculty from a wide variety of Colleges and Departments at OSU. We also invite off campus speakers for lectures and cooperate with many other groups on campus to sponsor lectures. Friends of the Forms has sponsored nearly 700 talks on campus. Click here to see a complete list of these talks. The Events page lists all recent and upcoming talks.

In addition to the bi-weekly lectures and discussions, every Spring semester we host a special "Philosopher-in-Residence" program. We invite a philosopher of national reputation to come for three days, give two lectures, and meet informally with students. 

There are no dues, all meetings are free and open to the public. The program is constructed by the officers in connection with the club's advisor. Click here to read our constitution.

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Officers

President: Alex Garcia

Vice President: Merhzad Moin 

Secretary-Treasurer: Michael Jamaleddine

Brian Deer, Faculty Advisor

Spring 2017 EVENTS

March 21, 2017 6:00 pm, CLB 114,"Digital Doomsday? The United Staes and the Growing Threat of Cyber Attacks" by Dr. Mauslein, OSU Political Science.

March 1-2, 2017: Philosopher in Residence, Dr. Jonathan Dancy. 

Fall 2016 EVENTS

September 12, 2016 7:00 pm, HSCI 236, "What is White Supremacy?" by Lawrence Ware, OSU Philosophy Department Lecturer and Diversity Coordinator.

October 11, 2016 4:00 pm, AGH 275, "The DNA of ISIS," by Dr. Stephanie Wheatley, OSU Religious Studies Program Visiting Assistant Professor

November 8, 2016 2:30 pm, ES 214A, "Estimating Judicial Accomplishment: Applying the Legislative Accomplishment Approach to the Deicisions of the Supreme Court," by Dr. Marcus Hendershot, OSU Political Science Clinical Associate Professor




February 16, 2016 7:00 pm, 035 Murray Hall"Providence and Probability: God, Chance and Ultimate Meaning," by Dr. Paul Saka, the University of Texas-Pan America, 41st Philosopher in Residence.

March 3, 2016 3:30 pm, CLB 118,"The Methodological and Philosophical Crises of Modern Psychology," by Dr. James Grice, OSU Psychology Professor

March 31, 2016 3:30 pm, CLB 118"Religious Literacy, Public Education, and Islamaphobia," by Dr. Stephanie Wheatley

April 12, 2016 2:30 pm, CLB 321,"Do We Really Want Excellence in Education?" by Dr. Russell Rhinehart, OSU Chemical Engineering Professor.

April 21, 2016 5:00 pm, MUR 2462016 Philosophy Awards and Year End Meeting for Phi Sigma Tau and Friends of the Forms. All philosophy majors, minors, graduate students, faculty, emereti and staff are welcome to attend!


September 24, 2015 3:30 pm, CLB 112, "Why I Am Not a Christian" by Dr. Justin Horn, OSU Philosophy Department. Watch online! 

October 14, 2015 3:30 pm, HSCI 305, "Oracles, Astrologers, and Sibyls (Oh My!): Prophecy and Paradox from Delphi to Hogwarts" by Dr. Christopher Weimer, OSU Foreign Languages. Watch online! 

November 11, 2015 3:30 pm, CLB 208, "Effective Altruism and the Farm Animal Welfare Controversy" by Dr. Bailey Norwood, Agricultural Economics 


January 22, 2015 3:30-5:00 pm, CLB 214, "Oklahoma Water Issues and the Need for Multidisciplinary Solutions" by Dr. Garey A. Fox, OSU Biosystems/Agricultural Engineering Professor and Orville L. and Helen L. Buchanan Endowed Chair.

February 5, 2015 4:00-5:00 pm, CLB 118, "How Influence and Leadership Really Work" by Professor Andrew Urich, OSU Associate Professor of Economics and Legal Studies.

February 11, 2015 3:30-5:00 pm, CLB 112, "Relishing Rough Heroes: Moral and Aesthetic Defects in Works of Fiction" by Dr. Eva Dadlez, Professor of Phlosophy at University of Central Oklahoma. Watch online!

February 19, 2015, 3:30 pm, CLB 102, "Medical Ethics: Concussions in Sports" by By Dr. Val Gene Iven, OSU Director of Sports Medicine. Watch online! 

February 24, 2014, 7 pm, MUR 035, "Icons of False Hope? The Role of Images in Thinking About Racial Justice" by Dr. Sherri Irvin, Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Oklahoma. Watch online! 

February 25, 2015, 12:30 pm, Case Study 2, "Norms and the Ontology of Contemporary Art" by Dr. Sherri Irvin, Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Oklahoma. Watch online!

March 11, 2015, 3:30 pm, CLB 112, "The Compulsive Mind" (part 1 of a 2-part series) by Dr. Marty Heitz, OSU Associate Professor of Philosophy. Watch online!

March 25, 2015, 3:30 pm CLB 112, "The Meditative Mind" (part 2 of a 2-part series) by Dr. Marty Heitz, OSU Associate Professor of Philosophy. Watch online!

April 8, 2015, 3:00 pm LSE 113, "Utopian Realism: The Politics of Simulated Experience" by Dr. Mark Silcox, Associate Proefssor of Philosophy at UCO. Watch online!

April 14, 2015, 3:30 pm CLB 102, "Nightmares of the Flesh in Art and Film" by Dr. Apple Igrek, OSU Associate Professor of Philosophy. Watch online!