Clubs & Organizations

Philosophy Club – Neon Stoa

What

ne-on (neon) adj. neon (lamp) a discharge tube containing neon, which ionizes and glows with a red light when an electric current is sent through it: used esp. in advertising signs and in designating the kookiest virtual metropolis in the history of the known universe.

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sto-a (sto) n. a portico, as in ancient Greece, having a wall on one side and pillars on the other. A structure from which the advocates of Hellenistic Stoic philosophy would often lecture.

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Neon Stoa: A venue for philosophical discussion in as unlikely a place as Las Vegas, Nevada

Who

We are people who dig philosophy. We’re sophomores, seniors, male, female, quiet, crazy, longtime students of ancient philosophical traditions, and people who can’t even spell "Nietzsche" yet. Some of us are in the national philosophical honor society (Phi Sigma Tau); some already graduated and can’t resist the conversation. All interested parties, without restriction, are invited.

Why

Our goal is simple: philosophy as Socrates intended it - outside the confines of the classroom. Several times a month (typically weekly) we gather at a local establishment, or a member's house, to talk about a philosophical topic or paper we have chosen to read (distributed electronically), or watch a movie, and have lots of fun while we discuss, discuss, discuss. We also plan to hold other kinds of outings, such as bowling nights and Frisbee golf.

For more information, updates, and announcements, join the Neon Stoa Facebook group.

Phi Sigma Tau

Phi Sigma Tau is the International Honor Society in Philosophy with the purpose of encouraging interest and activity among students and to promote ties between philosophy departments in accredited institutions.

Advisor

Erik Lindland, erik.lindland@unlv.edu