Socratic Society

The Socratic Society is a student organization dedicated to the study and promotion of philosophy at UALR. The group is open to anyone, regardless of major, who enjoys thinking about some of life’s fundamental questions such as whether human minds are something more than brains, if human actions are free or determined, if God exists, if there are moral truths, and whether non-human animals have rights. Philosophy touches on every academic pursuit, so the Socratic Society actively seeks to draw connections with other fields of study. In recent years, group meetings have pursued topics with connections to religious studies, literature, psychology, sociology, political science, gender studies, ethnic studies, biology, fine arts, and computer science.

Please join us! There are three ways you can participate:

  1. Attend our meetings/activities,
  2. Subscribe to our on-line discussion list, or
  3. Join our blog and make a post.

Society Activities

The Socratic Society meets for informal discussions, film screenings and discussions, paper presentations, reading groups, study groups, conferences, outdoor ventures and hosting guest speakers. Past topics include:

  • The Ethics of Stem-Cell Research
  • Executing the Mentally Ill
  • Fundamentalism in Western Religion
  • Ethics of Just War Theory
  • Philosophy and Poetry

Guest Speakers

Every semester the Socratic Society brings speakers from various academic institutions and backgrounds to speak on issues in the field of philosophy including applied ethics, existentialism, epistemology, and many others. Some past topics and speakers include:

  • Love and Other Unnatural Emotions: Robert Solomon (UT Austin)
  • Mind Brain Dualism: Fred Ablondi (Hendrix College)
  • Philosophy and Race: Charles Mills (U. of Illinois Chicago)
  • From Buddhist Thought to Zen Practice: Jeff Shore (Hanzano University)
  • Two Just War Theories: Nicholas Fotion (Emory University)

If you would like to know more about the Socratic Society, please contact the Philosophy and Liberal Studies department at (501) 569-3312, or e-mail us at

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