Working Groups

The Working Groups are graduate student organizations that host guest speakers and workshops. The Calendar of Events lists talks and workshops  for the  academic year hosted by the Working Groups. 

ELLMM City  Talks scheduled by the Epistemology, Language, Logic, Mind, and Metaphysics group. Please contact Mike Deigan  for more information.

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)  A working group open to undergraduates, graduates and faculty alike, MAP focuses on: a) the minority issues in the profession, b) theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, etc., and c) philosophy done from minority perspectives. MAP holds talks, lectures and reading groups. Sponsored by the Graduate School Dean’s Fund and occasionally co-sponsored by the Women Faculty Forum. For more information, please contact Joanna Demaree-Cotton or Sam Berstler.

Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale  (SEMPY) A working group that promotes the study and discussion of the works of European philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Relevant works include, but are not limited to, those of Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Reid and Kant. Papers are made available for participants to read beforehand whenever possible; sessions usually begin with a brief summary of the author’s work followed by open discussion. Co-sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center. Please see SEMPY’s website for more information.

Working Group in Ancient Philosophy (WGAP) Organizes workshops each semester designed to support the interdisciplinary study of ancient philosophy at Yale. The usual format is a paper presentation followed by a period of open discussion. Knowledge of classical languages is not required to follow the presentations and participate in the discussions; all original texts are discussed in English translations provided by the speakers. Sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center. For more information, please contact Daniel Ferguson, Lea Schroeder, and Jake Rohde.

Moral Philosophy Working Group (MPWG) A working group focusing on issues in moral and political philosophy. Papers from graduate students and faculty both within and outside of Yale are welcome. Meetings are informal and consist of a short presentation, followed by discussion. Co-sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center. For more information, please contact Mario Attie and  Yuan Yuan.