Philosophy Club discussion next Tuesday

Tuesday March 22.  1:30-2:30 in RWST 113

“Just War theory and American military intervention in Ukraine”

Most of the discussion around the possibility of NATO establishing a “no fly zone” over Ukraine has focused on the strategic and military aspects of that possibility.  But the moral dimensions – just war theory – have not been much discussed.  At this event there will be a presentation on just war theory and the relevant moral considerations followed by lively discussion.

Phi Sigma Tau – at last!

Our own chapter of the national philosophy honor society, Phi Sigma Tau, has been dormant over the whole COVID thing. We had an online induction ceremony back in February of 2021, but haven’t done anything since.

But now it is perhaps safe to resume our activities! If you are interested in joining Phi Sigma Tau, and meet the requirements, please send me a note ( Please send me a note even if some months ago you already sent me a note, because I want to be sure not to forget anybody.

The requirements are as follows:

• 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.

Richard Sherlock’s retirement

Richard Sherlock, Professor of Philosophy at USU, will retire at the end of this academic year. We are planning a retirement event for him on Thursday, April 7th, 3-5 p.m., in the Caine Room (room 212 in the Family Life building).

I know some readers of this blog are former students of Richard, and we welcome you to attend the event. Or, if you won’t be able to make it but would like to record a video tribute to him, please send me a note and we will arrange it (

Two philosophy club events this week

The first, mentioned previously, is Michael Otteson’s talk about Aristotle’s view of the self, which is today (Tuesday, March 1) at 4:30 p.m. in Main 326.

The second is a talk by Abigail Fritz, philosophy alumna and current grad student in history. Her talk will focus on Socrates and his daimonion, or the little voice that told him things. Fritz’s presentation will be Thursday, March 3, 3 p.m., Main 227.

Mormon Reading Group

I know that this is short notice but will not come as a huge surprise to you: we are meeting tomorrow for the Mormon Theological Introduction reading group tomorrow at 2:30. We will meet by the Philosophy/Comm Study office. I am looking forward to discussing the Introduction and first three chapters of the book.

Arche: undergraduate jounral in philosophy, call for papers

[from Arche] Our Spring issue will be devoted to explorations of language, literature, and the interactions thereof. We are open to submissions of various formats, including research papers, critical analyses, conference presentation materials, interviews, and original essays.

We would be grateful if you would circulate this email and our call for submissions flyer: All submissions should be sent with an abstract in English to and will be reviewed on a rolling basis through March 1, 2022. Please remove any identifying information from your submission(s). 

With thanks for your attention and support,