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2010 Intermountain Philosophy Conference
Friday, November 19, 2010
Shepherd Union Building, 2:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.

Schedule of Presentations:

Keynote Address

Elaine E. Englehardt, Utah Valley University
“Thomas Reid on Moral Systems and Practical Ethics and Professional Ethics”
2:00p.m. – 2:45p.m., Room 321

ELAINE E. ENGLEHARDT is Special Assistant to the President and a Distinguished Professor of Ethics and a Professor of Philosophy at Utah Valley University (UVU).  As a professor of Philosophy she teaches courses such as Ethics and Values, Business Ethics, Communication Ethics, Political Philosophy, Bioethics, and Legal Ethics. For over two decades she has been a broadcast Philosophy Professor for Utah’s education channel 9. She is the author of seven books and has contracts on three upcoming books. She has presented hundreds of scholarly papers and published scholarly articles.   

Breakout Sessions

Room 321

3:00 – 3:45  Mark Olsen, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, and Westminster College, “Emotions, Felt States and Value Judgments”

4:00 – 4:45  Travis Anderson, BYU, “Reconsidering the Knight of Faith: How Hagar and Ishmael Complicate Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling”

5:00 – 5:45  Michael Arts, BYU, “The Worst Argument in the World”

Room 305

3:00 – 3:45  Gordy Mower, BYU, Weber State University, “Montaigne’s Skepticism of History”

4:00 – 4:45  J. Alden Stout, Utah Valley University, “Autonomy, Property Rights and the Minimal State: A Problem for Nozick's Entitlement Theory”

5:00 – 5:45  Ryan Christensen, BYU, “A Fictionalist Semantics of Vagueness”

Room 312

3:00 – 3:45  Darin Gates, BYU, “Autonomy, Self-Interest, and Moral Obligation in Kantian Moral Philosophy”

4:00 – 4:45  Rachael Boch, BYU, “A Defense of the Given”

5:00 – 5:45  Chris Weigel, Utah Valley University, “Is Determinism Compatible with Free Will?: A New Perspective on an Old Question”

Room 316

3:00 – 3:45  Daniel W. Graham, BYU, “Two Stages of Early Greek Cosmology”

4:00 – 4:45  Richard Greene (paper co-authored by Wade Fox), Weber State University, “Twelve-Bar Zombies: Wittgensteinian Reflections on the Blues”

5:00 – 5:45  Jim Skidmore, Idaho State University, “Conscien-tious Refusal in Medicine: Problems with the Standard Compromise”

Room 331

3:00 – 3:45  David Grandy, BYU, “Leibniz on Space, Time, and Monads”

4:00 – 4:45  William McCurdy, Idaho State University, “The Logical Status of Induction (and Its Non-Deductive Kin): A Peircean Response to Mark Sainsbury”


State of Utah
Office of the Governor

Spring internships with the Office of the Governor are now open.  The spring term begins the week of January 3rd and runs through April 29th.
This is an unpaid opportunity offering a variety of experiences for young men and women seeking an opportunity to work within the Executive Branch of government. 

Duties include:
  • Drafting letters and letter production
  • Logging documents
  • Assisting with set-up of press events
  • Special projects and research
  • Archiving
  • Routine office duties.
Those interested in applying may send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Pamela Blackham Bailey, Utah State Capitol, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114, or email to  by Thursday, December 2nd.
Selections will be made by December 16th

Contact: Dr. Leah Murray,
Political Science, SS Building Room 280

On October 13, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof met with members of the WSU community, including a special meeting with faculty and students of the Political Science and Philosophy department (pictured here in our seminar room).    Links to stories on his visit follow.

(Photo courtesy of Kaneez Hassan and The Signpost)

WSU Signpost Article on Mr. Kristof's visit:

Standard-Examinar columnist Charles Trentelman's piece on Mr. Kristof's visit: