RSVP NOW for the 2024 Philosophy Summer Camp, taking place Monday, August 5, and Tuesday, August 6. Philosophy Summer Camp is open to High School Juniors and Seniors. Registration is FREE!

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Philosophy Summer Camp

The WSU Philosophy Department will be hosting its inaugural two-day Philosophy Summer Camp August 5-6, 2024. This day camp for high school juniors and seniors will feature activity-centered sessions led by members of the Philosophy Department, spanning a variety of exciting topics. Students who attend will enhance their reasoning skills, discover how philosophical ideas can help us solve problems in the real world, become aware of how studying philosophy can improve career prospects, and become better prepared for college.

Scroll down for Eligiblity Requirements, RSVP Instructions, and a tentative schedule of topics and speakers for each day of the camp.

Eligibility Requirements


  • Participants must have either Junior or Senior status in High School for the Fall 2024/Spring 2025 Academic Year.
  • Participants/Parents/Guardians must provide their own transportation to and from WSU main campus each day of the camp. If you are traveling from far enough away to require an overnight stay, you will be responsible for covering your own lodging costs. The nearest hotel is on campus - the Hyatt Place at Wichita State.


RSVP Instructions


  • The RSVP must be completed by the student's Parent or Guardian.
  • Required information includes Parent/Guardian contact information and Student's name and grade level.
  • Click Here to go to the online RSVP form.


Philosophy Summer Camp Schedule (tentative)

Day 1 - Monday, August 5, 9:30am-3:45pm. Location: WSU Main Campus

  • 9:30-10:00am: Orientation and Introductions with Prof. Hepburn and Prof. Bondy.
  • 10:00-10:15am: Break.
  • 10:15-11:30am: Living Wiser Lives: Virtue, Relationships, and Identity with Prof. Castro and Prof. Lu.
  • 11:30am-1:00pm: Lunch and Campus Tour.
  • 1:00-2:15pm: Rational Imagination: Thought Experiments, Logic Puzzles, and Good Reasoning with Prof. Bondy.
  • 2:15-2:30pm: Break.
  • 2:30-3:45pm: Social Justice: Children's Rights, Animal Rights, and Philosophy of Law with Prof. Sterrett.

Day 2 - Tuesday, August 6, 9:30am-3:45pm. Location: WSU Main Campus

  • 10:30-11:45am: Philosophy of Humor: Art, Fun, and the Meanings of Life with Prof. Castro.
  • 11:45am-1:00pm: Lunch at the Ulrich Museum.
  • 1:00-2:15pm: Philosophy of AI with Prof. Sterrett.
  • 2:15-2:30pm: Break.
  • 2:30-3:45pm: Philosophy at Work: Synthesis and Reflection with Prof. Hepburn.

Learn more about the Faculty session leaders:

Click on any of the names below to learn more about each faculty member, their areas of expertise, and the courses that they teach.


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