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Department of Philosophy

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Clubs and Organizations

If you want to fully examine philosophical questions, you need to talk about them with others. Our department has many ways for you to connect with your classmates and others interested in philosophy around the state. 

Undergraduate Philosophy Club

Join us to discover more about yourself and the perspectives of others. We discuss questions like "What is reality?" and "Is there a best life?" in a respectful and relaxed environment. We're open to any major and you can find out more about our meetings on Garnet Gate


Minorities and Philosophy

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) is an international organization that aims at addressing structural injustices in academic philosophy. It focuses on promoting: (a) the study of philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, disability, and native languages, (b) philosophy done from minority perspectives, (c) minority issues in the profession, and (d) less commonly taught philosophies. Our MAP chapter hosts many events, such as panel discussions, lectures with guest speakers, reading groups, and practical workshops. The UofSC chapter is the first undergraduate-led MAP chapter in the nation, but we also welcome graduate student participation. 

Here is a link to our page on Garnet Gate.  For more information about the chapter and future events contact the MAP Treasurer, Natalia Martins at


Thomistic Institute

The Thomistic Institute seeks to bring the Catholic intellectual tradition into exchange with contemporary questions at secular universities. Drawing upon St. Thomas Aquinas, an eminent medieval philosopher and theologian, as our patron, we seek to enrich the intellectual formation of all students interested in fundamental questions of philosophy, theology, science, and art. The University of South Carolina chapter is one of over sixty student-run chapters at universities across the United States, Canada, and Europe. At the local level, we host public lectures, reading groups, and discussion groups. At the national level, students are able to attend workshops, conferences, and retreats featuring renowned scholars, and opportunities to connect and collaborate with like-minded peers at different universities abound.

Here is a link to our page on Garnet Gate.  For more information about the TI, contact chapter President Grace Regnier at


South Carolina Society of Philosophy

The South Carolina Society of Philosophy is an outside organization that supports philosophy students and professionals in our state. They host an annual conference the beginning of each year. This is a great opportunity to connect with students from other universities and to network with professionals in the field. Learn more about annual meetings, scholarships and publishing opportunities through the South Carolina Society of Philosophy

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