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Undergraduate Teaching Fellows for Spring: application

Undergraduate Teaching Fellows (UTFs) assist a professor in teaching a class. They are awarded $750 for the semester, and are expected to attend the class they are assisting with and work with the professor in helping the students with the material. For more information about USU’s UTF program, please see this site.

We will be looking for 7 UTFs in philosophy this coming spring. If you are interested, please complete the Philosophy UTF application form.

Spring 2022 philosophy classes

PHIL 1000 INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY (BHU) – B. Gentry – MWF 8:30
PHIL 1000 INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY (BHU) – B. Gentry – MWF 2:30
PHIL 1120 SOCIAL ETHICS (BHU) – M. Otteson – MWF 1:30
PHIL 1120 SOCIAL ETHICS (BHU) – M. Otteson – MWF 12:30
PHIL 2200 DEDUCTIVE LOGIC (QI) – C. Huenemann – TR 12:00
PHIL 2400 ETHICS (BHU) – M. Ashfield – MWF 3:30
PHIL 2400 ETHICS (BHU) – M. Ashfield – MWF 11:30
PHIL 3100 ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY (CI) – M. Otteson – MWF 10:30
PHIL 3530 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (DHA) – M. Ashfield – TR 9:00
PHIL 3580 ETHICS AND ECON LIFE (DHA) – H. Kleiner – MW 3:00
PHIL 3600 PHIL OF RELIGION (DHA) – M. Ashfield – MWF 2:30
PHIL 3800 PHILOSOPHY IN LIT (DHA) – C. Huenemann – TR 9:00
PHIL 3990 PHILOSOPHY/POP CULTURE (DHA): The Rise of the Podcast – M. Otteson – TR 10:30
PHIL 4310 PHLOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (DHA) – B. Gentry – MWF 11:30
PHIL 4530 ETHICS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (DSC) – R. Robison – TR 1:30

Aesthetics lecture:  John C. Welchman

There is an interesting exhibit now showing on campus at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. The exhibit is “Your place in the Multiverse” by Jean Lowe. It doesn’t have to do with quantum mechanics, but instead playfully presents us with the ways we present our lives and selves to ourselves in a capitalist culture. Lowe’s work “carefully and humorously unpacks the ironies and challenges of our 21st-century culture.”

There will be a lecture by John C. Welchman about Lowe’s work. Welchman is a professor at the University of California San Diego who works in modern and contemporary art history and critical theory, and will be discussing the thought of Theodor Adorno in this lecture. The lecture will be on October 19th, 12:30 pm, and held over Zoom, but if you want to attend you will need to register. More information here about the exhibit (including a virtual tour): the exhibit

Here is the link to register for the lecture: Register for lecture.

Event on Civil Discourse

Aggies Think Care Act and the Institute for Government and Politics have teamed up to bring former Idaho Senator Brent Hill to campus Monday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m., for a conversation about civil discourse. Brent Hill, a USU alum, currently serves as the Next Generation Program Director for the National Institute for Civil Discourse. 

The event can be viewed either on Aggie Cast or in person in the President’s Hall in the David B. Haight Center.

Reading Group

Hello everyone,

I hope your semesters are going well. A few students and I are going to start a reading group this semester. We were thinking of reading Christine Korsgaard’s Sources of Normativity or perhaps one of the new theological introductions to the Book of Mormon that former USU professor Philip Barlow co-edited. We are having our first meeting this Tuesday (10/28) at 4:00 on the quad by Old Main. I would like to invite you all to come. We can make final decisions about what to read then depending on what people are more interested in.

Philosophy Bowl and Philosophy Club

Two upcoming events to consider entering into your calendar:

  1. There will be an organizational meeting for Ethics Bowl: Wednesday, September 8, 3 pm, RWST 214. If you are interested but cannot attend, please contact Dr. Robison at rachel.robison@usu.edu. Ethics Bowl is sort of like Debate, arguing over questions of social ethics and applied ethics, though in a more constructive and collegial atmosphere.
  2. There will be a kick-off meeting for Philosophy Club: Wednesday, September 15, 3 pm, RWST 214. Again, let Dr. Robison know if you are interested but cannot attend!