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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 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!

Welcome to Fall 2021!

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A hearty welcome to students new or returning! We hope the semester is off to a good start for you. We are planning to have multiple kinds of events through the coming year to nourish your yearning for philosophy. Best wishes, good luck, and stay safe!!!

Are you interested in serving as a UTF in philosophy?

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 fall. If you are interested, please complete the UTF application for philosophy.

NOTE: The deadline for applications is May 5th, 2021.

Philosophy events next week

Wednesday, March 31

3-4 p.m. — Panel Presentation. The topic of this event is Ethics in the Future. The speakers are:

Dr. Paul Neiman “Defining Refugeehood in a Changing World”
Dr. Rachel Robison-Greene “Emerging Technology and Conceptual Shift”

This event will be held via Zoom. You can register here:

Thursday, April 1

6:00-7:30 p.m. — Ethics Slam! The topic is Radical Solutions to Environmental Problems.

This event will be held via Zoom. You can register here: