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Reading and Working Groups

For more information about these groups, or to be added to an email group, email the respective contacts listed for each group below.

Aesthetics Discussion Group

Contacts: Aaron GlasserJulilan Rome

Time/Location: Meets on a TBD basis, contact Aaron Glasser or Julian Romefor meeting times and locations.

If there is an article that you would like to discuss with this group, please email one of the organizers listed above.

Ancient Philosophy Working Group

Contacts: Sean Costello, Andrew Mayo, Sara Panteri, Victor Caston

Time: please check the group website for the most up-to-date information

Location: Angell Hall 1164 (Seminar Room)

The APWG seeks to gather an interdisciplinary group of scholars and graduate students to promote research in Ancient Philosophy.

Epistemology Reading Group (EPiG)

Contacts:  Josh Petersen, Calum McNamara

We invite anybody to present a draft in epistemology (very broadly construed), including formal, social, political, legal, and feminist epistemology, meta-epistemology, epistemology in the sciences, and so on. We strongly prioritize time for feedback and Q&A, so we hope that meetings will cultivate a culture of collaboration in epistemology research at U-M. We may also seek to invite outside speakers to present their works-in-progress, and thus allowing U-M grad students to stay up to date on the latest in epistemological research.

Foundations of Modern Physics Reading Group (FOMP)

Contact: Gabrielle Kerbel, Sumeet Patwardhan, Francisco CalderonDave Baker

Time/Location: Contact Gabrielle Kerbel, Sumeet Patwardhan, Francisco Calderon, Dave Baker for meeting times and locations.


Rackham-funded interdisciplinary reading group which focuses on the philosophy of physics and related areas of physics and philosophy. Graduate students and faculty from any department are welcome.

Graduate Student Working Group (GSWG)

Contacts: TBD

Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: 1171 Angell Hall (Tanner Library)

Low-stakes environment where graduate students can present work in progress, give a practice talk before a conference, or explore a philosophical debate. 

Knowledge, Information, and Society Working Group (KIS)

Mind and Moral Psychology Working Group (MMP)

Contacts: TBD

Time/Location: Meets on a TBD basis


Non-Western Philosophy Reading Group

Contact: Lianghua (Glenn) Zhou

To promote the study of non-Western philosophy and diversity in philosophy.

Philosophy of Science etc. (PoSe)

Contact: Gordon Belot

A forum for talks about philosophy of science and related areas. 

Race, Gender, and Feminist Philosophy Reading Group

Contacts: Margot Witte, Valerie Trudel, Gillian Gray, Ishani Maitra 


Race, Gender, and Feminist Philosophy Reading Group is a Rackham interdisciplinary reading group (RIW). Contact Sumeet or Elise for more information or to be added to the listserv. See our website for meeting times and locations.

Women and Gender Minorities in Philosophy

Contacts: Sophia Wushanley, Caroline Perry

Women and gender minorities in philosophy is a group open to all women and gender minorities in the UM Philosophy department. As philosophy has been historically and is still a male-dominated profession, the purpose of the group is to provide a space where women and gender minorities can build a social network, foster mentoring relationships, and share advice on navigating academic philosophy as a woman or gender minority.

Writing Accountability Group

Contact: Sophia Wushanley

The Writing Accountability Group provides a forum for philosophy PhD students to talk about their research goals and the work they are doing to achieve them. By setting deadlines with accountability partners and meeting monthly in-person to discuss progress, students create a social accountability network that encourages them to make a habit of continually producing work even when "real" deadlines are not imminent.