University Programs

Zephyr hosts intellectual retreats, lectures, seminars, and symposia on the fundamental principles underlying schools of thought. These are non-graded, non-credit programs, and they usually take place during evenings or weekends and include dinner. The primary focus is on texts not taught at Stanford this year which nonetheless are worthy of study, because they offer theoretically significant—and, at times, beautiful—insights into the dyadic ontological structure of human being. We are not rational substance alone; we also belong to and participate in a world. Secondary areas of focus encompass the intellectual interests & research of Zephyr's junior fellows and graduate fellows, in addition to the interests of Zephyr's high school philosophy alumni, who are now students of philosophy at Stanford, Berkeley, Reed College, Thomas Aquinas College, and more. On occasion, the university programs division hosts lectures by academics in the Zephyr network, on their recent monographs.

“Being is inseparable from the logic of being” ~Paul Tillich

EVENTS

  • Junior Fellowship, 2020-21: Modernity: Being, Reason, Gift

    UPCOMING

    Junior Fellowship, 2020-21: Modernity: Being, Reason, Gift

    2020-21

    UNDERGRADUATES: KINDLY STOP EMAILING SARAH WITH REQUESTS TO APPLY LATE OR JOIN THE PROGRAM LATE. Our cohort was finalized on Nov. 16, and, due to this as well as the main structural constraint of the spring conference (20-minute papers over five one-hour evenings only works with ten Junior Fellows max.), I cannot accommodate new requests to join. However, if you're interested in finding other Zephyr or Zephyresque ways to explore similar ideas, I can help. During the year we will also host occasional non-Junior Fellowship events for undergraduates, which you would be welcome to attend. sthomas@zephyr.org

  • Beauty

    Beauty

    August 20, 2020

    Zoom

  • The Intersubjective: Experience, Consciousness, Relation

    The Intersubjective: Experience, Consciousness, Relation

    August 3-7, 2020

    Zoom

  • T.S. Eliot, Poetic Impersonality, & the Via Negativa

    T.S. Eliot, Poetic Impersonality, & the Via Negativa

    July 30, 2020

    Zoom

  • Being as Gift: On the Metaphysics of Ferdinand Ulrich

    Being as Gift: On the Metaphysics of Ferdinand Ulrich

    July 23, 2020

    Zoom

  • Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period

    Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period

    July 16, 2020

    Zoom

  • Simone Weil and the Poetry of Conversion

    Simone Weil and the Poetry of Conversion

    June 18, 2020

    Zoom

  • Eric Voegelin and the Metaphysics of History

    Eric Voegelin and the Metaphysics of History

    April 23, 2020

    Zoom

  • Globalism and Natural Law

    Globalism and Natural Law

    March 3, 2020

    The Red Lounge, Stanford Faculty Club

  • Junior Fellowship, 2019-20: Politics and Transcendence

    Junior Fellowship, 2019-20: Politics and Transcendence

    2019-20

    By application

  • The Body: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives

    The Body: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives

    February 19, 2020

    Zephyr Institute

  • Teleology and Transcendence

    Teleology and Transcendence

    January 11, 2020

    Zephyr Institute

  • Polarization and Populism in American Politics and Society

    Polarization and Populism in American Politics and Society

    Tuesdays, October 29 - November 19, 2019

  • Zephyr Hour

    Zephyr Hour

    Mondays, 8:00–9:00 p.m. Pacific

  • The Concept of God

    The Concept of God

    Thursdays, April 25 - May 16, 2019

  • The Future of Democracy: Where Do We Go From Here?

    The Future of Democracy: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Wednesdays, October 17 - November 7, 2018

    Thornton Center (Terman Annex), Room 207

  • Metaphysics and Robots

    Metaphysics and Robots

    Fridays, April 20 - May 25, 2018

    Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering, Room 262

  • What is Liberalism?

    What is Liberalism?

    Fridays, November 3 - December 1, 2017

    Zephyr Institute

  • Aristotle and the Purpose of Life

    Aristotle and the Purpose of Life

    November 2017 - April 2018

    Zephyr Institute

  • Music and Meaning

    Music and Meaning

    Saturdays, October 14 - November 11, 2017

    Braun Music Center, Room 102

  • What Good is Democracy?

    What Good is Democracy?

    October 3, 2017

    The Gold Lounge, Stanford Faculty Club

  • What is Free Speech?

    What is Free Speech?

    Fridays, September 29 - October 20, 2017

    Zephyr Institute

  • A Philosophical Conversion

    A Philosophical Conversion

    May 13, 2016

    Zephyr Institute

  • Civil Rights and Natural Rights

    Civil Rights and Natural Rights

    April 8, 2016

    Zephyr Institute

  • Anscombe on Sex, Gender and the Body

    Anscombe on Sex, Gender and the Body

    March 18, 2016

    Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden House

  • What is a Human Being?

    What is a Human Being?

    March 27-29, 2015

    Carmel

PROGRAM FELLOWS

 MOLLY OSHATZ

MOLLY OSHATZ

Senior Fellow & Director of High School Programs, Center for the Study of First Principles

SARAH THOMAS ’19

SARAH THOMAS ’19

Chair, Young Alumni Council & Graduate Fellow, Center for the Study of First Principles · Leuven, BE

GEORGE BARTH

GEORGE BARTH

Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of First Principles

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