The Phi Kappa Literary Society is a debate society at the University of Georgia. We meet every academic Thursday at Phi Kappa Hall on North Campus at 7 p.m.

All with an insatiable appetite for knowledge and oratory are welcome.



Debate January 17, 2013 BIHR:Personal privacy is more important than national security to the interests of society.

Come join us for our second debate this semester as Brother Giordano and Brother Wheeler tackle the question of what is more important: the individual or the state? Brother Giordano will be affriming the resolution and the debate will be starting at 7:00 PM at Phi Kappa Hall. 

Definitions are as follows:


“Personal Privacy” – preventing intrusions into ones physical space or solitude. It is the idea of hiding or protecting ones body or possessions from sight or knowledge and can be achieved by walls, bags, partitions, etc. It prevents unwelcome searches and unauthorized access to restricted areas or information.
“is more important” – of greater significance or value
National Security – the requirement to maintain the survival of the state through the use of economic power, diplomacy, power projection, political power, and military power.
“interests of society” – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.




Debate January 10, 2013 - BIHR: Mental healthcare is of greater importance than gun control in preventing mass shootings in the U.S.

Our first debate this semester will be held Thursday January 10, 2013. Brother Mattew Tyler will be presenting the resolution BIHR: Mental healthcare is of greater importance than gun control in preventing mass shootings in the U.S.

If mass shootings can be curtailed more cheaply by providing mental health care to a range of people relative to the cost of implementing strict enough gun control to meet the same reduction in mass shootings, then one would vote in the affirmative. Thus, just because we find the provision of mental healthcare to be “good” for other reasons, this debate will strictly focus on mental healthcare’s impact on mass shootings. That being said, the fact that mental health coverage does have positive externalities outside of preventing violence could be used as a tangential argument—it just shouldn’t be the main topic of debate. Similarly, in order for gun control to be effective, it must be enforced. If there is no constitutional way to effectively enforce a “gun free school zone,” or it would require the employment of an extra police officer for every school in the nation (at a cost of tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars) to prevent one mass shooting every ten years, it may not be worth the public investment.

The definitions are as follows:


By “mental healthcare,” I mean the provision of medical services and products related to mental health (talk therapy, psychiatry, psychoactive drugs, etc.) and the ease with which someone may receive these service; “ease” includes stigmas associated with receiving various forms of psychological and psychiatric treatment.

By “is of greater importance,” I mean that is would be more effective and, perhaps more importantly, it would be more efficient. 

By “gun control,” I mean the creation and implementation of policy that would reduce the number of guns possessed by citizens or would make it more onerous to possess or purchase a gun of any type. Practicality should also come into play; if a law is too strict to stand scrutiny on the grounds of the 2nd amendment and would probably be struck down by the Supreme Court (or a lower federal court), then it would be an ineffective piece of gun control legislation. This certainly leaves a lot of room for interpretation, but I merely expect this to be a delineator between an assault rifles ban and taking away handguns from every single person in the U.S.

By “preventing,” I mean proactively stopping. Evidence for this could be supported by historical examples, although it is important to note that most major shooting events are anomalies, and causal inference is most tenuous when based on aberrant events.

By “mass shooting,” I mean an event in which someone illegally shoots numerous people with any type of gun, not in self-defense, regardless of whether or not the victims die. I am not going to place a specific number of shots, people, deaths, etc. on this. Rather, I will use the Supreme Court’s obscenity threshold test established in Jacobellis v. Ohio (1964): “I know it when I see it.” Use your reasonable discretion.

By “in the U.S.” I mean in any of the 50 states or U.S. territories’ that fall under the jurisdiction of U.S. law




Phi Kappa's First Video


New semester, New Webmaster

Hello all!!!

Begining Spring 2012, I will be taking over the webmaster duties for the Phi Kappa Literary Society. My goal is to bring a fresh perspective to our internet presence and to ensure that our name is able to get to the public. Keep checking both this website, as well as our Facebook, and Youtube pages for some new additions. 


Bro. Wheeler


New officers for Spring 2013

Well all, the time has come to announce the newly elected officers for the society.

President: Sister Jessica Melear
First Assistant: Brother Ben Woodard
Second Assistant: Brother Stanton Kincaid
Chief Justice: Brother Walker Smith
Associate Justices: Sister Liana Fiallos, Brother C.J. Brown
Alumni Secretary: Sister Cherith Fuller
Clerk: Sister Katherine La Mantia
Treasurer: Brother Matthew Tyler
Historian: Brother Mark Wheeler
Clavinger: Brother Michael Antonoff
Censor: To Be Appointed the first meeting of next semester
Webmaster: Brother Mark Wheeler

Congratulations to all the new officers. I look forward to what is sure to be an exciting semester!