Philosophy In The Wild

Experimental Workshops on Environmental Philosophy


Philosophy is usually conducted within four walls: in lecture halls, offices, cafes, or homes; it is usually done with constant access to digital resources and digital distractions, as well. Could this way of doing philosophy be impacting what kind of philosophy is being done, or what kind of philosophical engagement is possible?


We hypothesize that taking philosophy outside of its usual fluorescent, wired context would open up new ways of theorizing our relation to the world, as well as create new ways of engaging with philosophy. We aim to test this hypothesis through our annual Philosophy in the Wild campground workshops. Our goal is to foster a more contemplative mode of doing philosophy. 

All events will follow the relevant directives regarding SARS-CoV-2, and plans will be adjusted as needed.

Questions? Contact us!

Summer 2020

In Summer 2020, Philosophy in the Wild will host an informal workshop with local philosophers and graduate students. Papers-in-progress on any topic are welcome.

On August 23, participants will meet at Ridley Creek State Park to discuss papers in progress away from technology and the four walls. Details coming soon.

Summer 2021

In Summer 2021, Philosophy in the Wild will host its inaugural workshop. The workshop theme is environmental philosophy, very broadly construed, and the group size is limited to 12 participants (including keynote speakers).


From July 16th to 18th, participants will meet at Poe Paddy State Park for an outdoor, technology-free philosophical experience. Activities will include (though will not be limited to) keynote presentations, participant presentations/discussions, camping, and hiking (optional).

Participants will be selected through an anonymous abstract review process. Please expect the call for abstracts to go out in Fall 2020. 

2021's event is generously funded by the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium.

About the Organizers

Maja is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. She works primarily on metaphysics of science, especially metaphysics of biology. She is also interested in the relation of the normative to the natural.

Mike Gadomski

Mike is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. He works at the intersection of metaethics and political philosophy, particularly global justice.

Zachary Agoff

Zach is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. He works primarily on early modern metaphysics, ethics, and, in particular, their intersection.

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