Philosophy Workshops and Reading Groups

  • This annual workshop fosters exchange and collaboration among scholars, students, and anyone with an interest in early modern philosophy (roughly covering the period 1600-1800).  


    Contact: Reed Winegar., Lauren Kopajtic

  • The Epistemology and Ethics group is composed of faculty and graduate students at Fordham and other nearby universities. Papers are read in advance, so the majority of the time is devoted to questions and discussion. Recent speakers include Selim Berker (Harvard), Ruth Chang (Rutgers), Elizabeth Harman (Princeton), Hilary Kornblith (UMass), Samuel Scheffler (NYU), Miriam Schoenfield (Texas), and Katja Vogt (Columbia).

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    Contact:  Stephen Grimm

  • Composed of faculty members and graduate students, Fordham’s Francophone Philosophy Reading Group is dedicated to the study of Francophone philosophy, broadly understood. The core activity consists of weekly meetings to discuss published texts. The group also workshops essays-in-progress written by group members and invited speakers.


    Contact: Sam Haddad




  • The German-Language Philosophy Group is dedicated to the study and translation of German-language philosophical texts. The group meets regularly for discussion and also hosts a speaker series.

    Contact Reed Winegar at [email protected].

  • The Latin Reading Group is mostly aimed at students whose primary interest is medieval philosophy, but anybody curious to read philosophical texts from the Middle Ages largely construed is welcome—whether from the philosophy department or elsewhere. Some knowledge of Latin is required, but the atmosphere is very informal and participants with all levels of knowledge, from elementary to advanced, are welcome. We usually meet once a week for an hour or so and take turns translating texts that are somehow connected to the research interests of some of the participants and that usually are not available in English translation. The group's aim is both linguistic and philosophical: it allows the participant to get some practice of medieval Latin but also offers the opportunity to reflect on issues and perhaps lesser known arguments in medieval philosophy. 

    Contact: Giorgio Pini

  • Students interested in logic are invited to join the Logic Lab. Past topics of study have included modal logic, computability, non-classical logic, set theory, and philosophy of mathematics. The group aims to balance technical study of logic (e.g., exercise sets) with philosophical discussion. While knowledge of classical quantificational logic may prove helpful for some topics, students from all backgrounds are welcome.

    Contact: Justin Reppert

  • Fordham’s Metaphysics and Mind group was started in fall 2013.  The group meets four to five times a semester to workshop papers by NYC-area philosophers. In addition to these formal meetings, the group also meets informally to discuss published work in the areas of mind and metaphysics.


    Contact: Amy Seymour

  • Fordham’s MAP Chapter (Minorities and Philosophy) is open to graduate students, faculty, and undergraduate students in Fordham’s Philosophy department. Fordham’s MAP Chapter advances the same aims as MAP International. These aims include:

    • addressing (a) minority issues in the profession, (b) theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, disability, native language, etc, and (c) philosophy done from minority perspectives. Meeting formats include: external or internal speakers, reading groups, film screenings, mentorship events for undergraduates or graduates, panel discussions, practical workshops (e.g., on communication techniques, navigating stereotype threat or implicit bias). (

    Specifically, the Fordham MAP Chapter aims at establishing an inclusive and supportive philosophical community for all students of philosophy and all graduate and faculty members of the Fordham Philosophy Department. The Fordham MAP Chapter seeks to organize events that especially cater to the needs of philosophy students and educators, and does so with the intention of helping establish professional connections between all members of the community in a way that facilitates the personal and academic success of all community members.

    The Fordham MAP Chapter aims to provide opportunities in terms of space and time for having open discussions (in the form of conference talks, panels, informal gatherings, workshops, etc.) regarding practical and theoretical issues that pertain to diversity in philosophy, as a matter to be addressed within professional philosophy (and from the perspective of teachers and anyone involved in the profession) and in the broader social community. Further, the Fordham MAP Chapter seeks to help establish a bridge between undergraduate level philosophy students and those who are working at the graduate level, as a way of offering support to undergraduates who are looking to pursue philosophy at the graduate level. MAP encourages undergraduate involvement in its activities and aims to offer help to undergraduate students who have an interest in learning about and preparing for the process of applying and working through graduate school. Additionally MAP hosts a reading group each semester aimed at sustaining the broader goals of the organization. Anyone interested in joining MAP can contact the current president Lia Fior ([email protected]) or vice president Jenna McAllister ([email protected]) to be added to the e-mail list.

  • Contact: Judith Green

  • Mostly composed of graduate students and faculty at Fordham and nearby universities, this group brings together scholars in the NYC area and beyond working in the philosophy of religion broadly conceived.  Papers are read in advance so that the majority of time can be devoted to discussion.  

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    Contact: Amy Seymour

  • A reading group devoted to the study of the works of both classical and contemporary phenomenologists.

    Contact: Justin Reppert

  • "The Workshop in Social and Political Philosophy is composed of graduate students and faculty from Fordham and other universities in the New York area. Papers by scholars working in a variety of philosophical traditions are circulated and read in advance, with the workshops themselves devoted to questions and discussion.

    Website | Contact: Jeff Flynn,  Samir Haddad.or Shiloh Whitney