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• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
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• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
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• Can a computer have a mind? YES
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on November 7th. Anyone is welcome to attend. Make a day of it!

Here is the program; more details will follow.

Margaret Battin (keynote)    U of U    The Patient as Victim and
Vector: Ethics and Infectious Disease

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
David Grandy    BYU        Quantum Uncertainty, Quantum Play, Quantum

David Keller    UVU        Reading Lawrence Through the Lens of Nietzsche

Tyler Stoehr    U of U    Is the Memory a Storehouse, Repository,
Register, or a Cabinet?

Matthew Mosdell    U of U    Dispelling Some Platonic Peculiarities

Bryan Benham    U of U    On the Varieties of Deception in Research

Daniel Graham    BYU        Aristotle on the Beginnings of Philosophy

Ryan Christensen    BYU    Theories and Theories of Truth

David Paulsen    BYU        The God of Abraham, Isaac and (William) James

Karen Mizell    UVU        Community of Inquiry as a Pedagogical Model for
Human Rights Education for Children

William McCurdy    Idaho State U    C. S. Peirce’s Logic of
Relations: A Graph-Theoretical Model

Keisha Ray    U of U    Athletes aren’t the only People Who Take
Performance-Enhancement Drugs: A Discussion of Drug Behavior in Sports
and Music

Mark Olson    Westminster    Torture and Deontology

Robert Fudge    Weber State    Definitions of Art:  Six Central Issues

Xianduan (Judy) Shi    U of U    A Scorekeeping Model for the Contents of
Thick Ethical Concepts

Shannon Mussett    UVU        Nature and Anti-Nature in Simone de
Beauvoir’s Philosophy

Travis Anderson/David Packard    BYU/BYU    Susanne Bier’s “Open
Hearts”:  A Case-Study of Nietzschean Discontinuity in Jump-Cut
Film Editing

Dennis Potter    UVU    Mathematical Realism Disconnected

6 p.m.: DINNER

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: PANEL DISCUSSION:
Deen Chatterjee    U of U    Panel on Global Justice (presenters



  1. Doug Beazer says:

    Im glad to see that USU will represent at this event!


  2. Jon Adams says:

    Dennis Potter is presenting, eh? I’ve always wanted to meet him–seems like an interesting character.


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