Category Archives: Philosophy

Upcoming Lecture, “The Beginning of Life”

The USU Catholic Newman Center will hold its annual Newman lecture on Tuesday, October 20 from 4:30-6:00pm.  The speaker this year is Maureen Condic, professor of neuro-biology at the University of Utah.  Her lecture is titled, “The Beginning of Life”.  Eccles Science Learning Center, … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Hobbit films

I am a huge fan of Tolkien and even teach a course on the philosophy of Tolkien and Lewis.  I taught that course this term and my students  were quite surprised to hear that I had never seen the first … Continue reading

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is a philistine

Those that have watched the redone television series “Cosmos” featuring uber self-promoter errr scientist extraordinaire Neil deGrasse Tyson are sure to have noticed that while Tyson knows his science, his knowledge of the history of ideas, philosophy, and theology are rather … Continue reading

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Fall course on J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

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The utility of liberal arts education — distinguished alumni speaker

Jorgenson Flyer

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Liberal arts education and the challenges it faces — special lecture

For those interested in liberal arts education, its purposes and the challenges it faces: Victor Ferrall, former president of Beloit College and author of Liberal Arts at the Brink, will present a special lecture tomorrow, Wednesday March 19, 11:30-12:45 in … Continue reading

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

As most know, it is the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death and so the occasion for his Feast Day.  I suppose Saint Patrick’s Day has become, like Christmas, as much of a secular holiday as a religious one.  And yet … Continue reading

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Announcement: Special Topics course for spring

I will be teaching a philosophy special topics course this spring (PHIL 4900 Special Topics: What is an Educated Person?), MWF 2:00-2:50.  This is a full course version of the CHASS reading group I have run the past few years. … Continue reading

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“Want fries with that degree?”

All philosopher majors know the drill – you tell someone your major and immediately field “what are you going to do with that?” questions.  Well, tonight I encountered that bias in an unexpected place.  I was playing the game of … Continue reading

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Upcoming panel discussion of interest

Discussion Panel on the Future of Higher Education in Utah.  Panelists include State Senator Steve Urquhart (chair of higher ed appropriations), Ann Millner (former   Wednesday Sept 11, 11:30-12:30 (Common Hour) in TSC AUD.   IOGP3-sept11president of Weber State), and … Continue reading

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