Course of interest

A course of possible interest to PHIL students will be offered this spring.  It will consider Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, et al. in the context of German musical-political tangles.


How to Think Philosophically When Politics Goes Crazy


Next Tuesday (9/27) we’ll host a roundtable discussion of philosophy and the upcoming U. S. Presidential election. Featuring: Justin Clark, Erica Holberg, and Harrison Kleiner. Come join the discussion!

Tuesday, September 27th

3:00 p.m.

Huntsman Hall Room 226

First Ethics Bowl meeting

Our first, get-organized meeting for Ethics Bowl will be next Wednesday, September 7th, at 3:30 pm, in Main 006. Please come if you think you’re interested! If you can’t make it, just send a note to either charlie.huenemann(at), or erica.holberg(at)

Day on the Quad

Wednesday, August 31st is USU’s “Day on the Quad,” and Philosophy Club has reserved a booth (near the middle – stop by and say hi!). Does anyone have access to some sort of canopy we can borrow, to prevent philosophers’ brains from boiling while out in the sun?

Ethics Bowl 2016-17!

Ethics Bowl is sort of like debate. Teams from different schools present perspectives on contemporary moral problems, and they get points for being fair, responsible, and judicious. Students learn A LOT – about various interesting social problems, and also about presenting arguments and objections. More here.

If you think you might be interested in Ethics Bowl, send a note to me – charlie.huenemann(at) We’ll have an organizational meeting early in the fall, arrange for regular meeting times, and begin to prepare for the regional competition this fall! The top teams will go to the national competition in Dallas in February 2017.

2016 PST induction

Eight new members were inducted into the USU chapter of Phi Sigma Tau! Pictures here.

Good news for a couple of grads

Congratulations to Mathias Fuelling and Alex Tarbet! Mathias majored in philosophy at USU, has gone on to gain a Master’s degree in history here at USU, and will be going on to the PhD program in history at Temple University in Philadelphia – after a few weeks in Prague to learn more Czech. Alex also majored in philosophy, stayed on at USU to gain a second bachelor’s in history and complete his minor in classics, and will be going on to the PhD program in classics at the University of Michigan. Two great success stories!

No doubt I’m missing others – please let me know!