From time to time the Department hosts speakers who deliver a paper on a philosophical topic to the members of the department, students, and guests. When such events are scheduled, they will be posted here. We will also list upcoming events occurring locally or regionally that might be of interest to philosophers.


Call for Papers

Kansas Philosophical Society Meeting

Conference Date: Saturday February 9, 2019 (roughly 10:00am – 5:00pm)
Conference Location: Wichita State University RSC

We welcome your best unpublished work in any area of philosophy!  To submit, please email your paper (max 3,000 words) and abstract (max 250 words) to susan.castro@wichita.edu by November 5, 2018.  We especially welcome philosophers new to the area. 


Referees should plan to return their reports by Friday December 21, 2018.

Notification of acceptance will be given by January 1, 2019.

No fees are associated with this conference and it is open to the public. 


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Rhatigan Student Center – 265 Lucas Room 12:30 – 1:30

Pizza and Drinks Provided No Registration Is Required

Sponsored by:
Philosophy Department, Pre-Law Student Association, Honors College

For Further Information about this event, please contact: bxvongsena@shockers.wichita.edu or rxstaffod@shockers.wichita.edu



“Will Space Mining Save the World?”

Dr. James S.J. Schwartz

Department of Philosophy

Thursday, November 15, 3:30 pm, 231 Hubbard Hall

Free and open to the public

Join the Wichita Space Initiative for the inaugural Space Exploration Lecture Series talk!

With the passage of the 2015 Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act and the

similar Luxembourg Law on Use of Resources in Space, there is growing excitement about

the extraction and use of resources from the Moon and near-Earth asteroids. In his talk,

which is based on a chapter of his upcoming book The Value of Space Science, Dr. Schwartz

will explore the issue of space mining from an ethics and policy perspective. Highlighting

the relative scarcity of easily accessible space resources, he will argue that space mining

must be regulated carefully in order to ensure the sustainability of spaceflight activities.

Dr. Schwartz is editor of The Ethics of Space Exploration (Springer 2016) and has taught for the

WSU Philosophy Department since 2014. An internationally-recognized researcher of the

philosophy and ethics of space exploration, his publications have appeared in Advances in

Space Research, Acta Astronautica, Space Policy, Astropolitics, International Journal of Astrobiology,

Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Futures, Environmental Ethics, Ethics & the Environment,

and Philosophia Mathematica. He has also contributed invited chapters to five edited volumes

on ethics and space exploration.