Join us for today’s 10th Anniversary Event!

Please join us for the Princeton Anscombe Society’s 10th anniversary event, Sex and the 11705774_10153523995548501_2972368720213595798_oAcademy, a panel discussion today from 4:30-6:30 at McCormick 101, which will feature some of the most recognized names in philosophy today: John Haldane, Roger Scruton, and Candace Vogler, and moderated by our own Professor Robert P. George. Panelists will discuss the role of sex, gender, value, aesthetics, and the transcendent in university life. Sponsored by the Princeton Anscombe Society and co-sponsored by the Princeton Philosophy Department. Light reception to follow the event.

John Haldane is Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University as well as Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs in the University of St Andrews. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, Princeton. He has published more than 200 academic papers in the history of philosophy, the philosophy of the mind, metaphysics, and moral and social philosophy. He is co-author of “Atheism and Theism” in Blackwell’s “Tomorrow’s Classics” list and author of “An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Religion.” He has produced two volumes of essays on philosophy and religion, “Faithful Reason” and “Reasonable Faith”; and a volume on ethics entitled “Practical Philosophy.”

Candace Vogler is the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago. She has authored two books, John Stuart Mill’s Deliberative Landscape: An essay in moral psychology (Routledge, 2001) and Reasonably Vicious (Harvard University Press, 2002), and essays in ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy and literature, cinema, psychoanalysis, gender studies, sexuality studies, and other areas. Her research interests are in practical philosophy (particularly the strand of work in moral philosophy indebted to Elizabeth Anscombe), practical reason, Kant’s ethics, Marx, and neo-Aristotelian naturalism.

Roger Scruton is a philosopher, public commentator and author of over 40 books. He has specialised in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a fellow of the British Academy.

Robert P. George holds Princeton’s celebrated McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is the founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He is chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), of which he continues to be a corresponding member. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. He is the author of numerous books and his scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the Review of Politics.

Dr. Brian Zack ’72 critiques Princeton’s policies on sexual ethics

We applaud this recently-published letter to the editor by Dr. Brian Zack ’72, which skillfully critiques the current University policy and tone on sexual ethics. We  are looking forward to an official response from the University soon.

“I urge you to consider a rewrite for future productions, to portray abstinence as a valid and socially respectable choice, to include contraception and STDs in the discussion and to highlight the importance of drinking in moderation. If I remember correctly, all of these were essential parts of ‘Sex on a Saturday Night.'”


Welcome Class of 2019!

holdyourhand_webWelcome to Princeton! Students seek out our club for a variety of reasons: some are dissatisfied with Princeton’s social scene, some are concerned about the campus sexual culture, and some are simply looking for community. Whatever your reason, we are excited that you’ve found us. Our club is a group dedicated to the reasoned defense of marriage, the importance of the family, and a traditional sexual ethic. We work to restore a healthy dating culture and to foster fair and open campus dialogue. To find out more about us, check out some of the links at the bottom of this post.

The Anscombe Society at Princeton is arguably the most active conservative student group on campus. This semester, we are looking forward to celebrating our 10th year as a student organization with four of the best and brightest philosophers in the world: John Haldane, Roger Scruton, Candace Vogler, and Robert P. George. Event details can be found here. We are also excited to host the eighth annual Love and Fidelity Network Conference, Sexuality, Integrity, and the University, on October 30th and 31st here at Princeton. Last year, nearly 300 students came from around the world to learn the arguments and to come together as a community.

To get involved, simply email with “Join Listserv” in the subject line. We’ll add you to our email list where you’ll get weekly updates on our meeting times and events.

Hope to see you around!


Christian Say ’17

Find Out More:
60 Second Welcome Video
New York Times Article
Public Discourse Article

Jonathan Last on the same-sex marriage “bait-and-switch”

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Jonathan V. Last describes the “bait-and-switch strategy” of those attempting to redefine the institution of marriage in The Weekly Standard:

“Of course, not everyone in the same-sex marriage movement wants to help traditional marriage evolve into something better. Some want to burn it to the ground. Again in the New Republic, for instance, one member of a married lesbian couple wrote about her quest to use her own brother’s sperm to impregnate her wife. Why would she seek to do such a thing? Because ‘The queer parts of me relished the way it unsettled people. Uprooting convention, collapsing categories, reframing and reassigning blood relations was a subversive wet dream.’ This is quite intentionally not, as Andrew Sullivan once promised, a “virtually normal” view of marriage.”

Feser Lecture is Today!

TODAY, April 11th at 4:30pm in Guyot 10, Professor Edward Feser, a philosopher at Pasadena City College, will be visiting Princeton’s campus to give a public talk about  Sexual Ethics and its natural law foundations. After the talk, a group of Anscombe members will meet with him for dinner. We’re really looking forward to the talk and dinner with Professor Feser, who has been lauded by National Review as “one of the best contemporary writers on philosophy.”


For more information on Professor Feser, check out his blog, linked here.
For more information on the event, check out the Facebook page, linked here.

Mark Regnerus Reviews New Research on Same-Sex Households, Revealing Kids Do Best With Mom and Dad

“On a Thursday morning in late June 2015, Americans will be treated to the Court’s decision about altering an institution as old as recorded human history. But one thing that day will not change is the portrait of same-sex households with children. After a series of population-based data-collection projects, we know what that looks like: a clear step down, on average, from households that unite children with their own mother and father.”

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Robert P. George on Natural Law, Liberal Arts, and the Rise of the Anscombe Society

Ryan Shinkel at Ethika Politika recently interviewed Princeton University’s Robert P.

Image via the Love and Fidelity Network

Image via the Love and Fidelity Network

George, who addressed natural law, the liberal arts, and ascendance of Anscombe Societies on college campuses. See the excerpt and follow the link below to read the whole interview:

“Students join organizations such as the Anscombe Society because they see the carnage of the sexual revolution all around them…Anscombe students know that we as individuals and as a society needn’t settle for this—that we can aspire to, and achieve, something much better.”

Read more here:

Welcome, Prospective Students!

All of us at the Anscombe Society would like to welcome you to Princeton, and we hope you enjoy your brief stay on campus!

Many of you will have some idea what club hockey, an improv group or a Christian fellowship are, but very few of you will have heard of anything like the Anscombe Society because there’s nothing like it in high school. We are a club dedicated to promoting sexual values through reasoned discourse There are two aspects to our club: what we believe and what we do. You can see what we believe in our various position statements, but briefly we are a club that affirms the inherent goodness of human nature and human sexuality but that believes that that nature requires certain constraints on our actions. Who we are as humans and what our ultimate fulfillment looks like entail how we should act. Thus we believe in the importance of the virtue of chastity and defend the institutions of marriage and family. We also believe that the sexual norms we endorse are affirmed by human reason even without the aid of revelation or religion.
What we do is a bit more straightforward. We seek to develop an understanding of sexual ethics among our members and their ability to express that understanding, but we also engage the campus culture and hope to bring about wider acceptance of our views. Thus we not only have our weekly meetings where we discuss articles on ethics and politics but we also host public events such as Ryan Anderson’s talk on marriage last semester and Professor Alex Pruss’ on Christian sexual ethics.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Anscombe Society, please email us at Even if you ultimately decide on another school, we hope you can get involved with the pro-chastity, pro-family cause elsewhere. Our friends at the Love & Fidelity Network have put together this helpful list of other Anscombe-like groups around the country. The rest of their website has many useful resources and materials, and if you’re looking for a daily fix of informed articles about social issues, please check out the Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse site.

All the best,

Ben Koons, Co-President

Surrogacy Documentary Screening with Filmmaker Jennifer Lahl

Come watch filmmaker Jennifer Lahl’s new documentary Breeders: A Subclass of Women?. This documentary explores the unintended consequences of surrogacy, as well as the moral and social implications of this increasingly common arrangement. A discussion and Q&A with Ms. Lahl will follow the screening. For more information, see the facebook event and the poster below.
This event is co-sponsored by Princeton Pro-Life

From the film’s website:

“Surrogacy is fast becoming one of the major issues of the 21st century—celebrities and everyday people are increasingly using surrogates to build their families. But the practice is fraught with complex implications for women, children, and families. What is the impact on the women who serve as surrogates and on the children who are born from surrogacy? In what ways might money complicate things? What about altruistic surrogacy done for a family member or close friend? Is surrogacy a beautiful, loving act or does it simply degrade pregnancy to a service and a baby to a product? Can we find a middle ground? Should we even look for one?

From The Center for Bioethics and Culture, producers of the award-winning Eggsploitation (2010, 2013), and Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), Breeders: A Subclass of Women? explores this important issue, talking with surrogates, physicians, psychologists, and activists across the political and ideological spectrum.”