Welcome to the Iowa Philosophy Lyceum!

Introducing pre-college students to philosophy and critical thinking.

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We are happy to announce the 2020 Iowa Philosophy Lyceum!

The 2020 Iowa Philosophy Lyceum dates are Monday to Friday, June 8-12.

Group presentations will be held on June 12th - parents are welcome!



We will be holding the Lyceum on Zoom this year! The application says that they are due in May, but this is not the case. We will accept applications all the way into June, but please get them in A.S.A.P. The sooner we get them, the sooner we can order books and shirts! Students will receive their t-shirts and philosophy books, but these may arrive after the Lyceum so that we can give everyone enough time to get applications in.


We would like to thank the following institutions for supporting the Philosophy Lyceum at the University of Iowa:

Philosophy Teaching and Learning Organization (PLATO)

 The American Philosophical Association (APA)

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Iowa

And special thanks are due to Professor David Cunning!

Iowa v Northern Illinois in football at Kinnick Stadium - 01 Sep 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few commonly asked questions and the canned responses we provide.

Quick Links

Great question! The updated Lyceum forms can always be found on this years Lyceum page:

2020 Philosophy Lyceum

The best thing to do is to contact the program organizers and we will be in contact with you shortly thereafter:


The Iowa Philosophy Lyceum is free for participants (high school students age 13+).

Helpful Articles

We Have a New Web Page!

Welcome to the new Iowa Philosophy Lyceum web page! This is where you will be able to find all up-to-date Iowa Lyceum information, including all the information from our previous web page.

In response to COVID-19, the 2020 Lyceum will be held on Zoom. This change required program organizers to make some changes, which keep the Iowa Philosophy Lyceum in compliance with the University's Minors on Campus committee online regulations. We are grateful for to the opportunity to provide an amazing philosophy camp to local high school students again this year!
Dobby the Italian Greyhound in Quarantine


Future philosophy events in the area! Use the "View More Events" button below to see all Iowa Philosophy Lyceum events!

Philosophy Events


Friday, September 18, 2020, 3:30pm

David Estlund, Brown University If you need accommodations in order to attend any event, please call 319-335-0178

Midwest Epistemology Workshop

Friday, October 16, 2020

If you need accommodations in order to attend any event, please call 319-335-0178


Friday, October 16, 2020, 3:30pm

Ram Neta, University of North Carolina If you need accommodations in order to attend any event, please call 319-335-0178