Religious Studies Program

The Cal Poly Philosophy Department houses a Religious Studies program with a wide variety of courses in GE and a Religious Studies minor.

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Between the Species

Between the Species online journal logoAn online philosophy journal about the relationship between humans and animals.
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Ethics Group

Cal Poly's Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group focuses on the implications and impact of emerging sciences and technologies.
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Recent News

Research Workshop on "What is Justified Certainty?"

Apr 19, 2019

Arnel Blake Batoon (UCSB Grad Student)

Friday, April 19th from 12:10-2 PM in 22-210 (English bldg)

Open House: Ethics Bowl Mock Debate

Apr 13, 2019

See our Nationally Ranked Cal Poly Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team In Action!

Open House Saturday, April 13th
11:30 am–1:00 pm
Bldg 26 Rm 223

For Open House our nationally ranked Ethics Bowl Team is hosting a mock debate, fielding audience questions, and providing information to prospective students interested in learning more about Ethics Bowl. We welcome all to come to the Mock Ethics Bowl event.Put our very own nationally ranked ethical debate team to the test! The flyer for the event is found here.

2019 Student Symposium

Mar 8, 2019

Join us on the afternoon of Friday, March 8, 2019 for the 2019 Winter Student Symposium.

Friday, March 8, 2019
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
Building 38, Rm 121 (Math & Science)

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Poly Gives - Cal Poly's Day of Giving

Mar 7, 2019

Join us March 7 for Cal Poly's Day of Giving!

March 7 is Poly Gives, Cal Poly's Day of Giving - a 30-hour digital giving campaign when our amazing alumni, parents and friends give back to the Cal Poly they love, and our incredible students show their appreciation for the thousands of generous donors, faculty and staff who help make Learn by Doing possible.

See the Giving tab above to donate to the Philosophy Department. If you can’t find the specific department or fund you’re looking for please make your gift at Your gift will still be included in the Poly Gives totals. 

Research Workshop on "Does Hume Solve Skepticism?"

Mar 1, 2019

Jason Collins (UCSB Grad Student)

March 1, 2019,12:10 - 2:00 pm in 33-289 (Clyde P. Fisher Science Hall)


Lecture on "When Social Media Companies, Research Ethics, and Human Rights Collide"

Feb 19, 2019

Dr. Mary L. Gray  will offer a new human-data research paradigm for technology’s next wave of social worlds in her talk "When Social Media Companies, Research Ethics, and Human Rights Collide."

Ethics & Emerging Sciences Group

Feb 14, 2019

Ethics & Emerging Sciences Group

Patrick Lin, philosophy professor and Director of Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group, and Zachary Rentz, philosophy lecturer, traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland to attend Emerging Artistic Conflicts, Laws, and Ethics Workshop on June 18-19, 2018. The discussion involved the implications of political and economic competition in the Arctic Region as new land and resources become accessible due to climate change. For more information visit the E+ESG website.

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Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

Feb 14, 2019

Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

Ethics Bowl is a team-based intercollegiate debate competition covering a range of current events and controversies in applied ethics. Cal Poly sends one or two student teams each year to compete in the a Regional Ethics Bowl competition, where students debate and discuss cases with college teams from California, Utah and Arizona.

Success in Ethics Bowl competition requires students to apply their philosophical training to provide oral arguments on the spot about moral issues on topics ranging from fake news to privacy, gun control, autonomous cars and weapons, international relations and new medical technologies. The team qualified for and was invited to compete in both the 2017 and 2018 Ethics Bowl National Championships. Our students traveled to Dallas, TX in 2017 and Chicago, IL in 2018 and competed against the top teams in the nation.

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Professor Patrick Lin and Ryan Jenkins' Fellowship

Jan 25, 2019

Professors Patrick Lin and Ryan Jenkins became fellows at the Karel Čapek Center for Values in Science and Technology, based in Prague where they are also co-organizing a workshop on the ethics of autonomous vehicles, to be held in late June 2019.


Research Workshop on "The Possibility of Permissible Wrong Doing"

Nov 16, 2018

Sherri Lynn Conklin (UCSB Grad Student)

Friday, November 16th from 12:10-2 PM in 22-210 (English bldg)


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