Philosophy@Utah State

2017 Phi Sigma Tau induction

Thirteen new members were inducted into the philosophy honor society last night, in our annual Ancient Ceremony on the Stoa of Achievement between the Tiki Torches of Wisdom, with the stoles placed upon the Horn of the Beast of Fortitude. A fun time was had by all. Congratulations, students!  More pictures here.


The 2017 PSTers!


Undergraduate Research Symposium

This Friday, April 21, from 3-6:30pm the Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies department will hold its annual Student Research Symposium.  There are two sessions focused on philosophy:

3:30-4:30pm, “Contradictions, Certainty, and Future Knowledge” in Main 115
– Catherina Aust, “Contradictions Present Possibilities”
– Logan Krebs, “Uncertainty is Imperative to Certainty”
– Emerson Isaac, “The Logic of Divination and Uncertainty”

4:45-5:45, “Philosophy and Literature” in Main 115
– Taylor Wyatt, “The Etymological Sub-creation in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
– Chasen Robbins, “Arguments for Theism and Evaluations of Popular Atheistic Replies to them”

Please come support your fellow philosophers!

Upcoming talk of interest

USU’s Intercollegiate Studies Institute is sponsoring a lecture this week that should interest USU philosophers.  Thaddeus Kozinski, Dean of Wyoming Catholic College, will be presenting on “Real Conservatism: Guardini, Girard, and Apocalypse”.  Wednesday, April 19, 4pm in Huntsman Hall 130.

His most recent book might be of interest as well, The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism and Why Philosophers Can’t Solve It.

Millie Tullis to present on Friday

Millie Tullis, philosophy major (and, incidentally, creative writing major also) will present at “Ignite USU” this Friday at noon in the USU Library. Details here!

Call for applicants to Phi Sigma Tau

I am now issuing a general call for students wishing to join Phi Sigma Tau, the national honors society in philosophy. The basic lowdown is this: you pay $25 to be registered with the national office, and you get to participate in a glorious induction ceremony and dinner at my house, and when you graduate you get to wear a dignified blue stole – and you carry the honor with you for the rest of your life. You basically have to have done well in three philosophy classes, and have something like a “B” overall gpa.

Send me a note at if you’d like to join. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY TOLD ME YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN, please tell me again, as I have kept a list but am not fully confident it is complete.

Conference on Buddhism at U of Utah

… over April 21-22. Here are two posters, with further details:

Buddhism Conference Program

Buddhism Conference main poster

USU alumna now philosophy professor

I’m proud to report that one of our students has now been offered an assistant professorship in philosophy at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Anna Vaughn graduated from USU in 2001 in philosophy and literary studies, and went on to the University of Utah to complete a dissertation (on the Molyneux problem) under Lex Newman. I’m doubly proud since she is the first of my students to land an assistant professorship in philosophy! Congratulations, Anna!