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Calling all honorable philosophers!

If you are interested in joining philosophy’s honor society, Phi Sigma Tau, please send me a note expressing that interest (charlie.huenemann[@] Please note that you may have expressed that interest in the past, and I may well have forgotten; so, just to be sure, let me know again!

To join Phi Sigma Tau, you need to meet the following requirements:

• You must have completed 1.5 semesters at USU;
• You must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA;
• You must have completed (or are now completing) three Philosophy classes;
• You must have a B average in your Philosophy classes.

Note that you need not be a minor or major in Philosophy.

We will have a dinner and induction ceremony (which is a highly-cultivated display of silliness) sometime over finals week. It costs $25 to join.


Networking night

CHaSS Networking Night

Juniors, seniors, and graduate students with CHaSS majors are invited
to the annual CHaSS Networking Night for a remarkable opportunity to sit down and connect with alumni who have been where you are now. You can network with professionals in a variety of fields and discover the many ways their CHaSS degrees helped them succeed.

Monday, March 25

6-8 p.m.

West Ballroom, TSC

Dinner and dessert provided.
Choose the alumni member you dine with as you register.

Seating is limited. Register at our website.

Lunch with Nate Putnam on Wednesday

If you’re interested in attending, RSVP to Andrea (see bottom of the following blurb):

Nathan Putnam (Philosophy, 2006) is CEO of Monumetric, a Farmington-based firm that uses data, analytics and optimization strategies to unlock earning potential for people who publish content online. He believes in building people and strives to put value first in every relationship, whether personal or business. He aligns himself with causes, companies and people who seek to leave the world better than the way they found it. Join the College of Humanities and Social Sciences on January 30th, TSC Center/West Colony room at 12PM, and see where your (CHaSS) degree can take you! Enjoy a free lunch while you learn from Nate’s experiences in the tech marketing industry, and hear how he went from Philosophy major to CEO. Open to all students, but seating is limited. Please RSVP: andrea.dehaan[at]

Diversity institutes for philosophy undergraduates

The APA is pleased to announce that several student applications are open for 2019 summer diversity institutes in philosophy.

Diversity institutes give young philosophers the support and information they need to pursue a successful and meaningful career studying philosophy. The institutes were founded to address a lack of diverse representation in academic philosophy and thus focus on preparing women, people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, people with disabilities, first-generation students, and other diverse scholars for graduate study in philosophy.

More info here

To beard or not to beard?

The ethics of beards is discussed here. An excerpt:

But, while this may make some rational sense, Pratt acknowledges that growing a beard seems like a strange moral obligation; plus, facial hair has loaded connotations in many cultures. “It’s a symbol of manliness. In fact, it’s a symbol of patriarchy,” writes Pratt. “Growing beautiful facial hair might be the equivalent of creating a beautiful painting that’s oppressive towards women.”

Intercollegiate Studies Institute Conference

FREE Undergraduate Student Conference Saturday, January 19th (Students can apply at: – by January 16th)

 Poster: utahconference

“Becoming Whole: From Secular Learning to Religious Living” – a free all-day undergraduate student conference will be held on January 19th, in Provo, at BYU’s Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center.

Let’s take a lesson from some of our dedicated Utah faculty and learn about how education ought to enhance our religious experience, and how our religious experience should enhance and direct our academic and professional contributions. Our speakers will be Dr. Ralph Hancock (Brigham Young University), Dr. Harrison Kleiner (Utah State University), and Dr. Carl Scott (Utah Valley University). The theme of each of their lectures will be on how a secular book/author of their choice has increased their understanding of a foundational principle of their religious denomination, and how this experience inspires their actions and beliefs. Join us at Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center on January 19th, and get to know some of our brilliant students and faculty across Utah and Idaho that are also striving to understand how to cultivate virtue, personal responsibility, and a greater sense of justice.

“The philosopher whose dealings are with divine order himself acquires the characteristics of order and divinity.” – Plato, The Republic