Affinity Circles

We are delighted to offer opportunities for graduate students and faculty to share research and engage in thoughtful discussion surrounding a diverse array of topics in the field of philosophy.

Our M&E Affinity Circle is a group of faculty and graduate students linked by the common interest in areas of Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Modern Philosophy and  Philosophy of Science broadly construed. Our goal is to create and cultivate an inclusive environment where all are valued, included, and empowered to succeed. Our affinity group is a safe space for our colleagues and graduate students to present their ideas and receive feedback, and to provide a setting to get to know one another better.

Objectives

        • Build and create a sense of community
        • Develop a community and support network that nurtures faculty and graduate students in their role as a vibrant part of our department
        • Provide professional and personal support to faculty and graduate students 
        • Provide a space for presenting, learning and discussing current research and teaching 
        • Help maintain a positive teaching environment for faculty and graduate students 
        • Help build stronger bridges among faculty and graduate students
        • Provide opportunities for guest speakers to attend and to present 
  
Network and Collaborate

        • Network and collaborate with other faculty and affinity groups in the department and beyond
        • Support campus community engagement by developing and strengthening collaborative relationships with faculty and students from other disciplines
        • Provide opportunities for social and professional networking between faculty and graduate students
 

Faculty Leadership:

Arezoo Islami
Patrick Smith 

 

Upcoming Events: 

Please email Olivia Walters at grdphl@sfsu.edu for more information.

Faculty and students interested in the intersection of philosophy and religion gather twice a semester to explore pertinent themes in this subfield of philosophy. Our group brings together scholars with diverse backgrounds in religious studies and philosophy of religion to share their reflections on these issues. We have scholars specializing in Chinese & Buddhist philosophy, Islamic thought, mysticism, and philosophy of religion.

Faculty Leadership: 

Alice Sowaal

Upcoming Events: 

TBD

 

Previous Events:

Fri, Dec 9th, 10 - 11am: Alice Sowaal, Teaching, Reading, Writing, Researching, Practicing Philosophy (as a spiritual practice), and/or practicing religion

October 14th, 2022: Alice Sowaal on Teaching, Reading, Writing, Researching, Practicing Philosophy (as a spiritual practice), and/or practicing religion.

Values in Society Affinity circle is concerned with all things value theory; we are interested in aesthetics, ethics, political, and social philosophy, including topics like feminist philosophy, philosophy of race, ethics of liberation, decoloniality, and various topics in applied ethics. The group is open to all faculty and MA students in the department (and relevantly adjacent departments). If you are interested in presenting your work to the group, whether it’s completed or in progress, please reach out to one of the facilitators!

Faculty Leadership:

Macy Salzberger
Jamie Lindsay 
Caitlin Dolan

 

Upcoming Events: 

Please email Olivia Walters at grdphl@sfsu.edu for more information.

Previous Events: 

October 21st, 2022: Val Latyshev on "Gradual Freedom"

September 30th, 2022: Macy Salzberger on "Why Should We Care About Domestic Violence?"

May 13th, 2022: Guest Speaker Linda Alcoff on "The Problem of Speaking for Others"

April 8th, 2022: Quinn Dimaya-Thurley on "Ideology and Environmental Ignorance"