The intellectual life of the Hopkins department, as so often is the case in philosophy, reposes as much in the rigors of daily coursework as in the lively and friendly exchange of ideas had outside the seminar room. Reading groups, which are founded and kept by graduate students independently of the department and its faculty, offer a good way to do just that, often by broadening and deepening one’s readings in a particular topic or author, though sometimes even in a certain language (French, Latin, etc.), at a pace and with an emphasis determined solely by fellow readers and discussants.
Below are the reading groups active for the academic year 2013–2014 and the main contact for each group. Please note that meeting information should be confirmed with the contact provided as schedules may change more quickly than the information here can be updated.
Contact: John Waterman
Description: Readings in the philosophy of mind and language.
Animal Ethics Reading Group
Contact: Adam Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Schedule: Fortnightly on Friday at 4:30pm, Gilman Hall (room TBD)
Description: This reading group was formed largely in response to J.M. Coetzee’s excellent novella The Lives of Animals. In addition to discussing this work, we plan to read essays by Cora Diamond, John McDowell, and Stanley Cavell; in particular, but not necessarily limited to, those contained in the collection Philosophy and Animal Life (which, incidentally, is also inspired by The Lives of Animals). Additional readings may include more conventional analytic animal rights fare (e.g. Regan; Francione), as well as more contemporary works exploring the intersection of animal ethics and social and political philosophy (e.g. Kymlicka and Donaldson; Claire Jean Kim).