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What philosophy courses would you like to see?

51LkIDSqcxL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Philosophy and Futurama? Philosophy of Love? Ontology of Mathematics? Seminar on Nicholas of Cusa? World Philosophy? Facebook Filosophy? What courses, or kinds of courses, would you like to see offered? Feel free to comment here, or send me an email (charlie.huenemann[at]usu.edu).

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Cookies & Philosophy – Valentine’s special!

Chasen Robbins is organizing a set of fun philosophy discussions.

“Is love really the greatest thing?”

Come have some cookies and discuss the mysteries of love. Wednesday, February 14th, 5-7 p.m., in the Hub (in the TSC).

Science on Tap February 2nd

At Crumb Bros, 7-10 p.m. All are welcome!

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Philosophy Tea Time 3 p.m. Wednesday

Tea-Time-Wallpapers-14Come have a cup of tea (or other beverage of your choice), hoist a cookie, lift your pinky, and opine about matters moral and metaphysical. We’ll meet in the LPCS conference room, which can be found through the main office (Main 204), or through the door at the north end of the hall on the second floor of Main. All are welcome!

Justin Clark on Plato

Our own Justin Clark will be presenting a lecture on Plato – Friday, 2:30 p.m., in Family Life 301. All are welcome! (Justin is practicing for a talk he will be giving at another university.) ROOM CHANGE: now in FL 307

Congrats to some USU philosophy students!

I am pleased to note that three USU philosophy students made the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Leadership Class of 2017: Millie Tullis, Jonathon Toronto, and David Bradley Zynda.  To have 3 USU students in the class of 150 national student leaders is pretty impressive, especially when one sees the list of students and institutions (a great number of them are from Ivies, Stanford, U Chicago, and top flight private liberal arts colleges).

  For those unfamiliar with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI):  Two years ago we founded an ISI  society here at USU (the CS Lewis Society).  ISI is an outfit committed to developing principled and intellectually serious leadership.  Its primary focus is engaging students in the great books tradition along with providing them leadership training.  It has a conservative bent, but is non-partisan.  There are many notable alumni in law, politics, journalism, academia, and business, including Justices Scalia, Alito, and Gorsuch, Peter Thiel (founder of paypal), Ross Douthat (NYTimes columnist), Harvey Mansfield (well known Harvard professor), etc etc etc.
  We get funding each year to support student book clubs.  For those who struggle at USU to find intellectual life, this is just the ticket – fun, social, but intellectually serious conversations over very good books and free food.  In addition, ISI students can apply to attend regional and national conferences, which are filled with reading, lectures, and great conversation (ISI pays for everything, from flight and hotel to food and expenses, and these are typically held at pretty tony establishments).  Aside from being interesting, these conferences give students a chance to network with academic, political, and business leaders from around the country.
  If you are interested in learning more about ISI, please contact Professor Kleiner at harrison.kleiner@usu.edu.

How would people really behave in the trolley problem situation?

The engaging Michael Stevens runs a psychological experiment – and the video is as instructive about the ethics of running psychological experiments as it is about human responses to moral dilemmas. An excellent documentary!