Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

York University’s 2019 Undergraduate Philosophy Conference and Journal Launch

We are excited to announce Philosophia’s 13th annual undergraduate philosophy conference and journal launch!

Every year, Philosophia publishes and launches the Undergraduate Philosophy Student-Review: The Oracle. The Oracle is a student-run initiative that accepts pieces from all disciplines.

This year, the event will be held on May 22nd, 12pm-5pm, in the Senior Common Room at Vanier College (VC010).

We have 5 amazing presenters who have worked very hard throughout the academic year and put in a lot of effort preparing their works for the journal and conference! Topics include neuroscience+consciousness, free will, and memetics, along with some poetry and artwork that will be presented, and a keynote talk by Professor Alice Machlachlan titled, “Who’s Sorry, Whose Story? #MeToo and the Public Mea Culpa”.

This event is a great opportunity to meet students with similar interests, facilitate critical discussion, gain conference experience, and support your fellow peers!

There will be a full catering, $300 in prizes to be won, and free limited-edition copies of the journal will be distributed to all attendees!

Bring your friends and family to this amazing event. We look forward to sharing this exciting day with everyone!

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Anna Waisman, Opening Remarks
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Emily Davidson, Memetic Intention and the Implication for Agency (Talk)
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Harley Glassman, The Neurophenomenology of Consciousness:
Uncovering the Hard Problem (Talk)
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Alexandra Vesia, Mind oh Mind (Poem)
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Lunch and Refreshments, Raffle
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Khadija Al-Yousifi, DFWM and Currents (Art Demonstration)
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Emily Sweet, Free Will Reimagined (Talk)
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Karen G. Bishop, Twin Souls (Poem)
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
The Oracle Journal Reveal and Coffee Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Keynote Talk by Dr. Alice MacLachlan,
“Who’s Sorry, Whose Story? #MeToo and the Public Mea Culpa”

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Philosophia End-of-the-year Elections!

It’s that time of year where YOU get a chance to vote and elect your new executive team for the 2017-18 year! Please scroll down for rules/requirements.

–Positions Available–

The President is the representative to the faculty. The President is expected to organize the clubs speakers, handle communication with faculty members, and arrange annual events (i.e. grad night, career night, annual conference). The President is also to ensure that there are in fact regular meetings occurring. They are expected to work closely with the VP Finance and VP Equity to ensure that the club runs smoothly and maintains a professional appearance. At staff meetings, the President is expected to be the leader, and organizer with the special authority to declare a vote on any issue contested in staff meetings. In such a vote each executive staff member regardless of title has only one vote (including the President), and the majority ruling is considered authoritatively binding. The President is responsible for ensuring the constitution is upheld, and that the stated purpose is met.

VP Finance
The VP Finance is expected to maintain control and record of the budget (includes bookkeeping of receipts) which they are to formulate prior to its being needed, and to ensure that there are sufficient funds for all events that are planned during the year. This includes allocating funds to the editor-in-chief for The Oracle but does not include the exact costs of the oracle which are managed by the Editor-in-chief. In order to carry out this task, the VP Finance is expected to fill out relevant funding forms with YFS, SCLD, the Philosophy Department, and Vanier College Clubs Council. The VP Finance is responsible for filtering the club’s e-mail regularly and forwarding or replying e-mails regarding the club’s assets in a timely fashion to the appropriate parties. The position also requires that the VP Finance keeps in touch regularly with the President and other executive members regarding what needs funding. In addition, the VP Finance is responsible for passing on relevant information to the VP Finance of the next year.

VP Social
The VP Social is expected to act as the inter-club representative and leader at inter-club events. The Student Representative is responsible for holding social events for members (e.g. game nights, philosopher’s cafe, etc), actively recruiting new members, maintaining a presence on campus and providing an easily accessible means of communication between students and Philosophia. This position includes promoting Philosophia at university events/activities/social media (Facebook, Twitter, YUConnect), keeping members updated on meeting times, opportunities provided by the club, as well as, any other additional information new members or students may require.

VP Equity
This position includes attending most weekly gatherings to ensure that the code of conduct is being adequately followed. The code of conduct will act as a guide to maintain a pro-inclusive, non-oppressive environment for students to be able to participate in gatherings and explore philosophy and develop critical thinking skills in a positive space. This position hopes to promote an intellectual community that is inclusive, dynamic, safe, and thriving. The VP Equity is also expected to work closely with other executive members to ensure all executives are being treated equally.

Administrative Assistant
The Administrative Assistant is responsible for sending and responding to emails in a timely manner. Such emails include emails notifying members and undergraduate students of weekly meetings and social events, inviting future speakers, and answering any inquiries regarding the student association. The Administrative Assistant is also expected to maintain contact with YFS, SCLD, Vanier College, York University’s Philosophy Department, as well as, other student associations affiliated with Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LAPS).

Volunteer Coordinator
The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for managing all volunteering aspects on behalf of the student association. This position includes recruiting volunteers, reviewing the student association’s needs, as well as, finding the proper placement for volunteers by assessing their skills/previous work or volunteer experiences. The Volunteer Coordinator is also expected to help table for campus/club events, be present and be of help before and after events/meetings, as well as, coordinate events with the VP Social.

The EIC is responsible for ensuring the annual undergraduate journal, The Oracle, is produced, of high quality, and by fair procedures by the date of the journal’s launch. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for ratifying all specifications for the journal as per the advice of the executive body at large. As well as delegating tasks for the: advertising, promotion, and launch of the journal. They must ratify or establish the ground on which to assess submissions to find the best suited for entrance into the journal. To do this the editor has authority to appoint submission editors which vote on the essays in a blind scenario. The editor-in-chief is also expected to check the club e-mail regularly and forward or reply to appropriate e-mails in the winter term. Finally, they must pass on all relevant information to the next year’s editor-in-chief.

1) MUST attend at least 2-3 meetings to run for a position*
2) MUST be an undergraduate student at York University to run for an executive position
3) Please email us by WEDNESDAY APRIL 5TH if you are interested in running for a position. Include your name, position of interest, program of study, a brief introduction of yourself and why you are interested in running for an executive position (100-200 words). Our email is!

*You also must attend at least 2-3 events/meetings to be eligible to vote. You may also vote for yourself.

– You do NOT have to be a philosophy major to run for a position, however, a philosophy major or minor for the President position is encouraged and preferred.
– While experience for each position is not necessary, having the experience for a position is an asset.
– The new team will receive more details about their role/training by the end of April.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us. Again, our email is, or stop by our office at VC 101B. As always, food/refreshments will be available to all who attend. We hope to see you there!


The Exec Team

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Social Night: Death, Nihilism, and Halloween

Hello everyone!

You’re invited to our Halloween social event for Philosophia and COSSA on November 3rd, 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm.


This week, we talk about death and nihilism for the first half of the session. After our talk ends, we will begin our night of games, food and some other scary goodies (and we encourage you to wear your costume)!

As always, food and refreshments will be available for all who attend!

Don’t forget to RSVP:

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 30th, 2016



Friday, October 14th, 2016

Love, Jealousy and Compersion with Ronald de Sousa (U of T)

Join us on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 as we welcome Professor Ronald de Sousa from the University of Toronto!



Friday, October 14th, 2016



The Oracle is York University’s Undergraduate Philosophical Review Journal. The journal is published once a year through the efforts of York University’s Undergraduate Philosophy Student Association’s executive Council, York University’s Philosophy Department, and York University’s Printing Services. Submissions are open to any current undergraduate student in North America. Hard copies will be available.


This CFP is issued in fall 2016 for the Spring 2017 edition of The Oracle.


Email submissions to the Editor-in-Chief, Asad Umer:



Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Summer 2016 Newsletter: What’s new?

Philosophia Summer Newsletter

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Philosophia Elections for the 2016-2017 Executive Team


Hey folks, the 2015-2016 school year is coming to an end and it’s almost time to choose the next batch of Philosophia Execs! If you are interested in running for a position on the team, please reply via email at and include your name, the position(s) you are running for, and a little bit about yourself and what you hope to bring to the club next year.

Election date:

When – Monday, March 21st @ 5:30pm
Where – South Ross, Room S421

A tentative list of available positions include:

President – responsible for the general running of the club, from planning events to booking rooms to delegating to other members and communicating with our liaisons in the Philosophy Department, etc; acts as a signing authority for funds.

Vice President of Finance – responsible for allocating the funds available to the club, submitting forms to the YFS and SCLD in a timely manner, etc; acts as a signing authority for funds.

Vice President of Social Media and Student Outreach – responsible for creating and distributing events via various social media platforms, running the club’s email account, tabling, connecting with students and other clubs, etc.

Editor-in-Chief of The Oracle – responsible for putting together York University’s Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, which includes distributing a Call-for-Papers, delegating to a panel of judges, design and editing, etc.

More positions may be added depending on the level of interest shown by those who want to run and if there is anything specific they hope to bring to the club that does not fall under any of the positions above.

If you have any questions/comments/concerns of any kind regarding the elections, please feel free to contact either myself or any of the other current Execs.

We hope you all can make it out and share your input in the future of Philosophia!

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Philosophy of Mind Discussion

Hello everyone! We will be hosting the much anticipated Philosophy of Mind discussion for our upcoming meeting this Monday! We will be kicking it off with a brief recap of core ideas and problems before opening it up to discussion.

When: Monday November 9th from 6:00-8:00pm
Where: South Ross S421

Here is a sample of some of the questions we shall be tackling together:
– What is the mind/body problem and is it reconcilable?
– Will we ever in principle be able to understand another person’s subjective conscious experience (qualia)?
– How can we truly know other minds exist?
– What is Panpsychism and how could it resolve the mind/body problem?
– Can consciousness ever be explained reductively through neuroscience?

We hope to have our friends from psych and cogsci to contribute some different perspectives to these long standing philosophical questions. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Halloween Event: Death, The Supernatural, & Existentialism


Come one come all to our Halloween event! We will be discussing dreary, dark, and haunting subjects such as death, suffering, and the spookynatural. We shall be exploring the grim aspects of the human condition and contemplating how aspects of the supernatural including the afterlife, spirits, and the paranormal play a role in our psychology. Come out for the tricks AAAND the treats.

When: Monday October 26th from 6:00-8:00pm
Where: South Ross S421

We hope to see you there!

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