Sophia is the Greek word for wisdom. Wisdom is gained from the combination of theory and praxis; it is obtained in the doing. This title is very appropriate for the Philosophy Student Association because we are not a group that sits around, drinking, and endlessly debating ideas; we are a group of action that sponsors, creates, and presents a large number of events and activities.
The Philosophy Student Association activities include the ongoing Mike Ryan Lecture Series at which notable professors, authors, and lecturers present topics including philosophy, culture, religion, and history. The PSA also offers a lecture series by and for students: the Osoinach Student Lecture Series. This series was created as a showcase for student philosophy at Kennesaw State University. The most significant event produced by the Philosophy Student Association is the North Georgia Student Philosophy Conference presented each year at the end of the spring semester. This conference allows both graduate and undergraduate students to present papers and share ideas while having a great time. The proceedings of each conference are published the following year as a book available to all the attendees and presenters. In addition to all these activities and lectures, the PSA also produces an online philosophy journal: OtherWise, has occasional art shows, music concerts, and of course has a good number of socials where the bonds and friendship of the group grows.
The Philosophy Student Association does not have a membership role, we do not collect dues, and we do not focus on the difference between ourselves and others. Instead we concentrate on the doing. Our members can be found attending a lecture, planning a conference, presenting a paper, writing an essay, hanging flyers, and of course socializing over food and drink, talking about all that is on our minds. We ask nothing of our members but to participate, to do the things that create the praxis essential to gaining wisdom.
You too could be part of the most active student organization on campus. Please come to these events; please purchase the proceedings from the previous conferences and some of the PSA paraphanalia when available. If you like what you see, volunteer. We always appreciate new faces and new helping hands. We know you are busy so we only ask that you help out as much as your schedule allows. We all may do small parts, but combined the results are impressive. Remember, wisdom is gained through your actions, and cannot be found in the classroom, in a book, or online. Come to a PSA event; it is where knowledge is put into action. We look forward to seeing you!