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Philosophy Club

The FSU Philosophy Club is a student organization that seeks to promote the discussion of philosophical issues outside the classroom. Its meetings are student-run, friendly and lively, and open to students of all majors.

President:  Brian Neumyer
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Shoshana Brassfield

To find out about the next Phil Club meeting, look for posters in Dunkle Hall, join the Philosophy Facebook group:, or contact the student president Brian Neumyer for further information.  

Frostburg's Philosophy Club invites you to discuss two thought experiments that certainly have bearing on the meaning of YOUR life.

1) The Myth of Sisyphus - Albert Camus

Sisyphus is an absurd hero of ancient Greek mythology. In the myth, the gods have punished Sisyphus to roll a boulder up a round-topped hill for eternity. When the boulder reaches the top, it rolls back down the other side to the bottom again, and the cycle repeats.

The question is, can there be any kind of meaning in Sisyphus's existence as it is now? Is Sisyphus better off dead (or brain-dead, for that matter?) What if we injected Sisyphus with a chemical that made him enjoy his punishment? Is his life more (or less) meaningful then? What could possibly give his existence meaning?

2) The Experience Machine – Robert Nozick

Imagine a machine that could perfectly simulate ALL aspects of human experience – the ultimate Matrix, essentially. By plugging into such a machine, all your aspirations and desires could be fulfilled – you could create the experience of an ideal and complete world. If the notion of artificiality bothers you, the machine could even make you forget what you knew about the machine – once you plugged in, all you would know is the world as the machine provides it. The hitch is, hooking yourself up to the machine is a permanent and irreversible procedure.

The question is, would you? If not, why not? Would the machine make your life more (or less) meaningful?

Meeting times:
Tuesday, Nov 3 - 5:30p - 8:30p @ CCIT 155
Wednesday, Nov 4 - 6:00p - 9:00p @ CCIT 155



We hope to see you there!

Previous Philosophy Club Posters:

November 2015

Procrastination Debate

February 2013
Descartes's Demon

May 2015

March 2013March 2013 Phil Club poster

December 2012Phil Club poster 12-2012

October 2012
Phil Club poster

September 2012Phil Club poster 9-2012

Fall 2011
Fall 2011 Phil Club