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Oakland University Philosophy Camp 2023

Oakland University Philosophy Camp preview and pics. Weeklong residential or day camp experience on the campus of Oakland University for all high school students. This year’s camp takes place Tuesday, July 11 through Friday, July 14. Camp registration is NOW OPEN.

At Oakland University Philosophy Camp, high school students join OU undergraduates to create a great atmosphere for asking questions, for building relationships, for learning about philosophy, and for having fun. This is not your ordinary summer camp, and we tend to attract extraordinary campers. Campers aren’t satisfied with the easy answers, and that’s something instructors at Philosophy Camp delight in. This camp isn’t a series of classes to look spiffy on your college applications; it’s a deep engagement in this confusing world that we live in. The critical thinking skills you learn in Philosophy Camp will help you no matter where your future leads, but the questions we ask, and the answers you try to develop, may have a deeper impact. They may impact your understanding of yourself, your understanding of your relationships, your understanding of the world.

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What is OU Philosophy Camp?

Oakland University Philosophy Camp is a weeklong residential experience for high school students that brings together young people and philosophy professors to talk about important questions in philosophy. Since its inception in July of 2018, the camp has addressed a lack of philosophy or logic instruction in high schools by providing students with a short but rigorous program that will give them skills in the short run and launch them toward further philosophical reading and development. Campers and staff engage in a variety of activities, such as dynamic discussions, lectures, and group activities, as well as time for recreation and socializing. The camp’s main goal is to provide students with a hands-on, engaging experience that will help them develop their critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Oakland University Philosophy Camp 2023

  • July 11-14, 2023 (please note that this is Tuesday-Friday)

Oakland University Philosophy Camp 2023 Theme

The theme for the 2023 Philosophy Camp is “Turtles All the Way Down.” This year’s camp will delve into the fundamental assumptions and beliefs that guide how we live and how we know things. The theme seeks to encourage students to think critically about the foundations of their beliefs and the ideas that inform their perspective on the world.

Who is eligible?

All high school students are welcome to attend, including incoming freshmen and outgoing seniors.

How much does OU Philosophy Camp cost?

Cost for camp: $750 for residential ($650 w/ early bird discount); $250 for day campers ($200 w/ early bird discount). Early bird discount applies until April 1, 2023.

Need-based scholarships available; just ask.

Are meals provided?

Yes. You will have the full college experience, including, that’s right, dorm food! It’s actually pretty good stuff, and campers will have snacks all over the place during sessions.

Who will be staffing camp?

Camp will be staffed by camp advisor Daniel Propson and 6-10 talented undergraduate philosophy students at OU. A number of other Philosophy Department faculty members will be leading sessions. All staff have passed background checks. More information at

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 2023 OU Philosophy Summer Camp

Oakland University Department of Philosophy
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479


For more information on Oakland University Philosophy Camp, you can visit this website, check out this linktree, or email camp adviser Daniel Propson.

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