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Student achievements: SLCC conference, Ethics Bowl

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This past Friday and Saturday, a number of our students went above and beyond the call of undergraduate toil. On Friday, Mathias Fuelling and Carson Bessinger presented papers at an undergraduate philosophy conference hosted by Salt Lake Community College. The conference focused on Nietzsche’s philosophy, and Fuelling offered his own interpretation of the übermensch while Bessinger forged conceptual linkages among Nietsche, Thrasymachus, and Callicles (characters in Plato’s dialogues). Huenemann offered a keynote address which drifted myopically among Nietzsche, biological evolution, and cultural progress. Anyone interested in presenting at a conference should check our link over on the right of this page, and keep in mind that UVU will be hosting another such conference in spring 2012.

On Saturday, several of our undergraduates (I won’t list them, out of fear of leaving someone out), along with Drs. Kleiner and Holberg, traveled to Weber State and competed in the Ethics Bowl. Our team won 2 and lost 3 matches, so we didn’t make it to the nationals, but I am told we argued with brave fervor. It is truly exemplary for these students to have dedicated themselves to the task of preparing for this event and engaging in it. We are learning more each year, and will prepare to go again next November.

So to all: congratulations, and good on you!


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  1. The Ethics Bowl team performed incredibly well, it was an honor to go with them although I could have performed a lot better myself. We spilled some Ute blood and continue to own Weber State B. One of these days we’ll get UVU too. A great team is set to go forward, Justin, Catherine, Ryan and Max were exceptional.


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