Philosophy@Utah State

Philosophy lecture: Love and Justice

Laurence Paul Hemming (Lancaster University, UK) will present a lecture titled “Can Love Bring Justice?  Answers from Now and from Antiquity”. Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 3:00-4:15. ENGR 101.   All are welcome!
UPDATE: Yes, the lecture is in ENGR 101 (there was some confusion on this point).

Facticity Panel: “Truth is Complicated”

Another upcoming event of interest:

The USU Department Heads have organized a panel series called “Facticity” (the quality of being a fact).  The motivating question of the series, as I understand it, is something like ‘In an age of contested truths and alternate facts, how should we think about truth?’

The first panel is titled “Truth is Complicated” and will be held Tuesday, September 12 from 5:00-6:30pm in Eccles Conference Center Auditorium.  Panelists (all USU faculty) include our very own Charlie Huenemann, Aaron Brough, Phebe Jensen, and Courtney Flint.  Reception with some finger food after, followed by an optional discussion (moderated by our own Harrison Kleiner).

Free Speech on Campus panel

The USU Institute of Government and Politics and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are hosting a panel discussion titled “Free Speech on Campus: Where’s the Line?”  This is part of the “pizza and politics” series – so there will be free pizza.

CHaSS Dean Joseph Ward will moderate.  Panelists include Michael Scott Peters (USUSA President), Marina Lowe (ACLU Utah), Rep. Justin Fawson (Utah Legislature), and Professor Kim Lott (USU TEAL).

Wednesday, September 13th at 5pm in the Huntsman Hall Perry Paviliion (4th floor).



First Ethics Bowl meeting!

Our first Ethics Bowl meeting will be next Thursday, September 7th, at 12:30, in Main 227. If you are unable to attend, please send a note to Professor Holberg (erica.holberg(at) For those who don’t know, Ethics Bowl is a debate-like activity, but with an emphasis on constructive dialogue rather than just scoring points against an opponent. The regional tournament will be at USU this year!

Welcome to Fall 2017!

Welcome to the fall term, students returning or new! In addition to the great courses we’re offering, there will be philosophical events through the term. Keep checking this blog or subscribe to it (see the column on the left) to stay informed.

On Tuesday August 29th, at 7 p.m., our college is hosting the “Light on the Hill” event at the amphitheater just below Old Main. Philosophy Club will have a table giving away free books. Please come, meet friends, and get the academic year off to a spirited start.

In your classes, you will be expected to write some kick-ass papers. If you’d like some hints to bear in mind, you can check out my short offering here, or you can check out a much more thorough set of hints here.

We will be hosting the intermountain Ethics Bowl this year. If you are interested in Ethics Bowl – which is like debate, but aimed more at substantive discussion than scoring points – watch for announcements, or speak with your instructor.

USU proudly features its philosophy grads!

If you go to USU’s homepage, and scroll through the banner images, you’ll see one featuring Al Roberts, Bradley Zynda, and Emma Wright! (Tyler Newton and Millie Tullis may be there somewhere too, but I can’t quite see.) Congratulations, USU Philosophy grads!


Aesthetics conference this weekend at UU

“Art Rules: Aesthetic Reasons, Norms, and Standards” will be at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art over May 19-20. Erica Holberg will be commenting on a presentation. More details can be found on this website.

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