The Department of Philosophy

"No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny."

~Hannah Arendt


Students have benefited from participation in the Edgewood College Philosophy Club, advised by Professor John Fields. This organization, which has gone under various names over the years—“The Philoso-Posse” (AY 2000-2001), “The Illuminati” (AY 2002-2003), and “EUPO: The Edgewood United Philosophical Organization” (AY 2004-2005)—has had a discontinuous institutional life and has been composed of both minors and students outside of philosophy.

However, during its periods of existence, it has provided its members with opportunities for reflection, action, and camaraderie through events such as the “Polygamous Date with Death” (a midnight visit to a cemetery to discuss the notion of an afterlife), “The Religious Belief Pub-Crawl” (a series of visits to local religious organizations in order to participate in their practices or services), and the public showing (followed by discussions) of thought-provoking movies such as American Beauty and Brazil.

Recently the group helped to coordinate the activities of several of the campus social justice and service learning groups, including Amnesty International, Esperanza, and SOA Watch.