Good work, Ethics Bowlers!

Congratulations to the USU Ethics Bowl teams for representing USU so well! We may not be going to finals, but we are proud of your efforts!



Arina Pismenny: “Implicit Biases and Rationality”

“Implicit Biases and Rationality”

Arina Pismenny

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Utah State University

We all have implicit biases – basic attitudes that shape our value judgments. How do such biases relate to being rational as we guide our way through the world? Sponsored by the USU Philosophy Club.

Monday, November 12, 4:30 p.m. Main 207

All are welcome!

STANCE: Call for papers


an international undergraduate philosophy journal


Stance seeks original philosophical papers authored by current undergraduates.

Submission Guidelines:

Stance welcomes papers concerning any philosophical topic. Current undergraduates may submit a paper between 1500 and 3500 words in length (footnotes may extend the word limit 500 words at most). Stance asks that each undergraduate only submit one paper for the journal per year. Papers should avoid unnecessary technicality and strive to be accessible to the widest possible audience without sacrificing clarity or rigor. They are evaluated on the following criteria: depth of inquiry, quality of research/academic rigor, creativity, lucidity, struggle, significance, and, most importantly, originality.

Submission Procedures:

This year, Stance is utilizing a new system to better manage paper submissions and correspondence with authors. As such, we have updated our submission procedures. Instructions for submitting your paper can be found at under “Call for Papers.”


Deadline: December 14, 2018

Classes for Spring 2019

Here they are!

Phil Sp 2019 (1)

A couple of notes. First, we’re trying a once-a-week evening class (Philosophy and Pop Culture, PHIL 3990). The topic this time is “Documentary, Truth, and Representation”. The longer class period should allow for watching more of the films and having more time for discussion.

Second, we now have a Philosophy Capstone Seminar (PHIL 4990). This is a class you should take when you are finishing up your degree. The pre-req is 21 credits in Philosophy (7 classes) – but since this is new, I’m not sure if we’ve set the bar too high. So if you’re far along, but not that far along, and want to take the class, feel free to talk with me (Huenemann) and we’ll determine if it’s right for you.

Philosophy conference at U Utah, Friday

From our colleagues at the University of Utah:

This Friday is the annual Intermountain West [Graduate] Student Philosophy Conference! By popular demand, we’ve shortened it to just one day, and this has also allowed us to provide a more focused topic for the talks. This year, we have four graduate students presenting on the topic “Bioethics and Decision Making”. Thi Nguyen from Utah Valley University will be our keynote speaker, presenting his talk “Games, Gamification, and Value Capture”.

The student presentations will begin at 10 am in the Tanner Library, with a break at 12 for lunch. The keynote will begin at 3pm in the Tanner Library. Please see the attached program for more detailed information, including presentation titles.

Program IWSPC 18–Agenda