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The Public Philosophy Society has grown out of a two-year effort of doing public philosophy in the Greater Phoenix area. In those years, we have been collaborating across colleges, coordinating our efforts, and cooperating in engaging in public philosophical dialogue. We seek to continue philosophical discussion outside the confines of the walls of the academy.

The goal of public philosophy is to make the practice of philosophy more accessible and more relevant to students, scholars, and the broadly educated public. We hope to inspire young and old alike in the shared, rational pursuit of wisdom and in love of Being, Unity, the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. 

Public philosophy is inspired by Socrates’ engagement in dialogue in the agora, the shared public space of the city-state. It is the pursuit of the common good, our shared life together. Currently, we are a group of professors seeking to bring the discussions usually reserved for the classroom into a broader context. We hope that others will join us in an ever-broadening and deepening discussion. The arena for discussions has been college and university public lecture forums, book discussion groups, and campus clubs. We hope that others will expand the public context, perhaps meeting at coffee shops and houses of worship. Now we are expanding the discussion to a potentially international group with the formation of the Public Philosophy Society. 

The Public Philosophy Society is a virtual society much like other professional societies, offering membership to students, scholars, and educated members of the community. We have three levels of membership. Student level membership includes access to monthly live online meetings and video recordings of meetings, exclusive video content, access to an exclusive Facebook group, and ongoing engagement in philosophical discussion. Scholar level membership includes all student level benefits as well as a digital version of the Journal of Public Philosophy, our annual professional journal. Patron level membership includes all benefits plus a print version of the Journal of Public Philosophy. All monies from membership dues for the Public Philosophy Society are used to support print and digital media for furthering the purposes of public philosophy. In the future, we hope to support a conference for the Public Philosophy Society. 

Public Philosophy Society meetings will take place virtually through the Zoom meeting service. Once you become a member, a link to the monthly virtual meeting will be emailed to you. You may participate via video camera or audio only via computer or phone. The first 20 minutes of each meeting will be video recorded for viewing later if you are unable to make the scheduled meeting. The monthly meeting schedule will be posted for Patrons to have access. 

Public discourse is shared dialogue and assumes reason, the laws of thought and that some things are clear to reason, the basic things are clear to reason. It assumes integrity in a commitment to reason and to living with the implications of our beliefs. It requires that we address more basic questions prior to less basic questions. All who are interested in engaging in discussion with the hope of gaining knowledge, understanding, and hopefully wisdom, are encouraged to join us. The rules for membership to the Public Philosophy society are:
1) Commitment to reason, the laws of thought
2) Integrity and the willingness to live the implications of one's commitments
3) Commitment to the Principle of Clarity, that some things are clear to reason
4) Use of the Rational Presuppositional method of addressing the more basic first
5) Mutual respect of one another in rational civil discourse 

There will be different approaches to public philosophy, some practicing Retrieval Philosophy, some Renewal Philosophy, some practicing apologetics for particular commitments, and still others approaching the discussion from the Great Books. 

The times cry out for us to think through difficult topics – questions of science and religion, faith and reason, and the place of particularist commitments in a secular culture – most of which have been abandoned by academic philosophy.

Public philosophy can happen at any time and in nearly any location when citizens of the Republic engage in civil discourse about our most fundamental philosophical commitments.
If you desire to coordinate with our public philosophy efforts, please consider becoming a member of the Public Philosophy Society and join the discussion. 
Tiers
Student Of Public Philosophy
$1 or more per month

High school, college, or university students 

Scholar of Public Philosophy
$5 or more per month

Teachers and Professors

Patron of Public Philosophy
$10 or more per month

Retired professors and generous members of the community

The Public Philosophy Society has grown out of a two-year effort of doing public philosophy in the Greater Phoenix area. In those years, we have been collaborating across colleges, coordinating our efforts, and cooperating in engaging in public philosophical dialogue. We seek to continue philosophical discussion outside the confines of the walls of the academy.

The goal of public philosophy is to make the practice of philosophy more accessible and more relevant to students, scholars, and the broadly educated public. We hope to inspire young and old alike in the shared, rational pursuit of wisdom and in love of Being, Unity, the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. 

Public philosophy is inspired by Socrates’ engagement in dialogue in the agora, the shared public space of the city-state. It is the pursuit of the common good, our shared life together. Currently, we are a group of professors seeking to bring the discussions usually reserved for the classroom into a broader context. We hope that others will join us in an ever-broadening and deepening discussion. The arena for discussions has been college and university public lecture forums, book discussion groups, and campus clubs. We hope that others will expand the public context, perhaps meeting at coffee shops and houses of worship. Now we are expanding the discussion to a potentially international group with the formation of the Public Philosophy Society. 

The Public Philosophy Society is a virtual society much like other professional societies, offering membership to students, scholars, and educated members of the community. We have three levels of membership. Student level membership includes access to monthly live online meetings and video recordings of meetings, exclusive video content, access to an exclusive Facebook group, and ongoing engagement in philosophical discussion. Scholar level membership includes all student level benefits as well as a digital version of the Journal of Public Philosophy, our annual professional journal. Patron level membership includes all benefits plus a print version of the Journal of Public Philosophy. All monies from membership dues for the Public Philosophy Society are used to support print and digital media for furthering the purposes of public philosophy. In the future, we hope to support a conference for the Public Philosophy Society. 

Public Philosophy Society meetings will take place virtually through the Zoom meeting service. Once you become a member, a link to the monthly virtual meeting will be emailed to you. You may participate via video camera or audio only via computer or phone. The first 20 minutes of each meeting will be video recorded for viewing later if you are unable to make the scheduled meeting. The monthly meeting schedule will be posted for Patrons to have access. 

Public discourse is shared dialogue and assumes reason, the laws of thought and that some things are clear to reason, the basic things are clear to reason. It assumes integrity in a commitment to reason and to living with the implications of our beliefs. It requires that we address more basic questions prior to less basic questions. All who are interested in engaging in discussion with the hope of gaining knowledge, understanding, and hopefully wisdom, are encouraged to join us. The rules for membership to the Public Philosophy society are:
1) Commitment to reason, the laws of thought
2) Integrity and the willingness to live the implications of one's commitments
3) Commitment to the Principle of Clarity, that some things are clear to reason
4) Use of the Rational Presuppositional method of addressing the more basic first
5) Mutual respect of one another in rational civil discourse 

There will be different approaches to public philosophy, some practicing Retrieval Philosophy, some Renewal Philosophy, some practicing apologetics for particular commitments, and still others approaching the discussion from the Great Books. 

The times cry out for us to think through difficult topics – questions of science and religion, faith and reason, and the place of particularist commitments in a secular culture – most of which have been abandoned by academic philosophy.

Public philosophy can happen at any time and in nearly any location when citizens of the Republic engage in civil discourse about our most fundamental philosophical commitments.
If you desire to coordinate with our public philosophy efforts, please consider becoming a member of the Public Philosophy Society and join the discussion. 

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Tiers
Student Of Public Philosophy
$1 or more per month

High school, college, or university students 

Scholar of Public Philosophy
$5 or more per month

Teachers and Professors

Patron of Public Philosophy
$10 or more per month

Retired professors and generous members of the community