Undergraduate Teaching Fellows

We have some limited spots available for Undergraduate Teaching Fellows. If you have taken Intro, Ethics, or Social Ethics, and are interested in serving, please send me a note (charlie.huenemann@usu.edu). The basic idea is that you assist an instructor and serve as a tutor, and get paid $750 for the semester.

Explaining Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem in words of one syllable or less

As the semester wraps up, and students are busily trying to write clearly about difficult stuff, they may be encouraged by this effort of George Boolos to explain Gödel’s second Incompleteness theorem in words of one syllable:

Gödel’s Second Incompleteness Theorem
Explained in Words of One Syllable

First of all, when I say “proved”, what I will mean is “proved with the aid of
the whole of math”. Now then: two plus two is four, as you well know. And,
of course, it can be proved that two plus two is four (proved, that is, with the
aid of the whole of math, as I said, though in the case of two plus two, of
course we do not need the whole of math to prove that it is four). And, as
may not be quite so clear, it can be proved that it can be proved that two plus
two is four, as well. And it can be proved that it can be proved that it can be
proved that two plus two is four. And so on. In fact, if a claim can be proved,
then it can be proved that the claim can be proved. And that too can be

Now, two plus two is not five. And it can be proved that two plus two is not
five. And it can be proved that it can be proved that two plus two is not five,
and so on.

Thus: it can be proved that two plus two is not five. Can it be proved as well
that two plus two is five? It would be a real blow to math, to say the least, if
it could. If it could be proved that two plus two is five, then it could be
proved that five is not five, and then there would be no claim that could not
be proved, and math would be a lot of bunk.

So, we now want to ask, can it be proved that it can’t be proved that two plus
two is five? Here’s the shock: no, it can’t. Or, to hedge a bit: if it can be
proved that it can’t be proved that two plus two is five, then it can be proved
as well that two plus two is five, and math is a lot of bunk. In fact, if math is
not a lot of bunk, then no claim of the form “claim X can’t be proved” can be

So, if math is not a lot of bunk, then, though it can’t be proved that two plus
two is five, it can’t be proved that it can’t be proved that two plus two is five.
By the way, in case you’d like to know: yes, it can be proved that if it can be
proved that it can’t be proved that two plus two is five, then it can be proved
that two plus two is five.


Undergraduate Conference – Call for papers

3rd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

UNT DEPARTMENT of Philosophy and Religion in conjunction with

UNT Department of History, UNT Philosophy Club, and Phi Sigma Tau

CALL FOR PAPERS- This year’s theme: History of Ideas

UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion is announcing an open call for philosophy or history papers with submissions open to undergraduate students and Phi Sigma Tau members. This is an exciting pre-professional learning opportunity for anybody considering a path to graduate school or a career in academia. Submissions of papers should be focused on writing, researching, and reviewing philosophical concepts that serve to explore the writer’s particular area of interest.

Keynote Speakers: Mariana Alessandri and Alexander Stehn: University of Texas- RGV

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submissions on any area of philosophical/historical interest are welcome. Papers should be limited to approximately 30 minutes reading time (approx. 10-12 pages double spaced). Please prepare for blind review, eliminating any author-identifying marks. In addition to the paper submission please provide, in a separate document:


Name of School/Affiliation

Title of Paper

150-word abstract

CONFERENCE INFORMATION: The conference will be held on April 6, 2020, at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.


Reviews and acceptances will be completed within two weeks from the deadline.

Participants should: · Submit your paper/abstract to untphilosophyconference@gmail.com (include “UNT undergraduate philosophy conference” as the subject heading)

· For more information, email; Michael.thompson@unt.edu

Invitation from Institute of Religion

I received the note below. It’s aimed at Philosophy Club, so basically any students in philosophy are eligible. If you’re interested in attending, please send me (Huenemann) a note, and I’ll reply! (My email is charlie.huenemann[at]usu.edu)


Professor Huenemann,

[…] I am a representative for the Campus Relations Committee from the Institute of Religion for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We are hosting an interfaith dinner on the 13th of November [5 – 6:30 p.m., in the campus Institute Building] and would love it if you and any other people from your faith group came and joined us! Our goal is to build stronger relationships among the different faith groups on campus so that we all have a stronger support system.

Please RSVP the number of people attending from your group at least a week in advance (by November 6th) so that we can have enough food for everyone and can adjust for any dietary needs people may have.

Philosophy courses, Spring 2020

See the listing in the document attached below!

Two special notes. First, PHIL 4900 (“Ancient Theories of Nature”), taught by Gary McGonagill, counts as meeting our requirement for a course in either ancient or medieval philosophy. So you can meet the requirement by taking the class. Plus, it should be very interesting!
Also, if you are nearing the end of your philosophy degree, do consider taking the capstone course (PHIL 4990). It is your chance to develop your own philosophy, and help your classmates to develop theirs.

Would you like to review other students’ papers?



Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal seeks undergraduate philosophy students to serve as manuscript reviewers.


Stance reviewers hone their writing, researching, and analysis skills by evaluating original papers by some of the world’s most talented undergraduate scholars. Reviewers must have advanced undergraduate experience in philosophy, strengths in writing and editing, and the self-motivation necessary to complete work by given deadlines. A letter of recommendation from a professor who is familiar with the student’s philosophical abilities is required.


Stance has two types of manuscript reviewers. “External Reviewers” evaluate two or three manuscripts, typically in late January or early February. “Assistant Editorial Board Members” serve on our major review teams. Assistant Editorial Board Members consider approximately 20 -30 papers in December. All reviewers receive training material that explains what is expected in the formal review and are guided by an experienced Stance staff member. Reviewers are credited in both the print and electronic versions of the journal.

To apply, please visit https://www.stancephilosophy.com/for-reviewers-1 and follow the instructions provided on the Call for Reviewers.

Please contact us at ballstatestance@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

Deadline: October 20, 2019