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Philosophy Student Groups

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The Philosophy GeMs (Gender Minorities in Philosophy) is a student-run club at Swarthmore. Our goal is to provide a welcoming space for people of underrepresented gender identities in philosophy by building community and providing opportunities for networking and further discussion to members of the club. We meet every week for casual discussions about philosophy and philosophy-related things, and host social events throughout the semester.

Anyone interested in philosophy who identifies as a gender minority is welcome; you do not have to be a philosophy major or enrolled in a philosophy class to join.  Professor Sabenn Ahmed is an advisor to the group.

If you would like to contact us directly, please contact Alisha Mergaliyeva '24 (amergal1) or Neghemi Micah '26 (nmicah1)

If you are interested, add yourself to our mailing list here:
Our weekly meetings for Fall 2023 will be announced at the beginning of the semester.


Minerva (German Philosophy Reading Group) 
- Weekly meeting
- This semester we will focus on Hegel's practical philosophy (ethics and politics). 
- Required: Commitment to participate every week / 6-7 pages of reading every week
- Highly recommended but not required: Reading proficiency in German / A general knowledge of 19C German philosophy (esp. Kant)
- If you are interested, please email Klint Shim (kshim1)

Heidegger Reading Group

Derrick Zhen '24 is hosting a weekly reading group (time TBD) on Martin Heidegger.
-Specific readings are open to discussion, but the general idea is to cover works spanning his career.
-No previous Heidegger / Continental philosophy experience is necessary.
-If you are interested please email dzhen1