Boise State Philosophy Department

Boise State Philosophy Department

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Bronco Welcome Virtual Event
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Virtual Open House for the Philosophically Curious

Tuesday, August 18
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Please join us for the following Bronco Welcome Event:

Just Curious - Virtual Open House for the Philosophically Curious Students
Tuesday, August 18 @ 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
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Summertime in the Philosophy Department. Classes are continuing, plans for Fall 2017 are in the works. Hope all our majors and minors are having a great summer! I know many are continuing meeting and talking philosophy at Papa Joes!

This is a place to get #BoiseState students thinking... about philosophy! We are a small but vibrant department, with over 100 undergraduate majors and over 80 minors.

If you ask one of our majors why he or she has chosen to pursue a degree in philosophy, you’ll likely hear, “Because I love it!” Our faculty share this passion for inquiry into the most fundamental questions concerning the nature of reality and the place of human beings within it. Our relatively small size fosters a strong sense of community, and students enjoy extensive interaction with faculty m

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[08/25/21]   Welcome back to campus for the fall semester. We look forward to seeing everyone!!

[08/23/21]   Welcome back to campus! We are excited for the start of the Fall 2021 semester and look forward to seeing you.

05/06/2021

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[03/30/21]   We would like to congratulate our own Dr. Christopher Innes on his recent published essay titled: A Class Act: Explaining Karl Marx with Indian a Jones
https://andphilosophy.com/2021/02/04/a-class-act-explaining-karl-marx-with-indiana-jones/

02/22/2021

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Dr. Maegan Fairchild from the University of Michigan will be the Guest Speaker for the Phil Club this Friday and Saturday. Please use the Zoom link to join the talks. We look forward to seeing you.

Friday, February 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m. MST
(general audience talk)

TikTok: Algorithms and Authenticity
Like many other feed-based social media apps, TikTok relies centrally on a recommendation algorithm: a system that generates a personalized “For You” page, based on each user’s engagement patterns. We’ve got many reasons to be worried about the political and epistemic effects of (often opaque) recommendation engines. However, in this talk I suggest that despite these risks, algorithmic feeds might be uniquely valuable for informing philosophical questions about social identities, authenticity, and self-discovery. I take TikTok’s “For You” page -- and the ways that users relate to it -- as a case study for exploring some of these questions. (Disclaimer: I am entirely too old for TikTok.)

Saturday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST

Incredible Ontology
Should it be a constraint on metaphysical theories that we can believe them? I’ll suggest that it needn’t be; that “incredible” theories might nonetheless be serious contenders. I’ll take as my foil Lewis’ Maxim of Honesty: you ought not defend a theory that you yourself cannot believe. On the face of it, the Maxim functions like a kind of ‘common sense’ constraint on metaphysics, but gives belief a radically different role in theory choice than other more familiar Moorean appeals. In this talk I explore three varieties of incredible metaphysics, and argue that even Lewis’ minimal constraint oversteps. Along the way, I hope to cast some light on the vexed relationship between “ordinary belief” and metaphysical theorizing.
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[01/19/21]   Welcome back to campus students, staff, and faculty! We are looking forward to an amazing Spring 2021 Semester.

12/15/2020

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Philosophy Department students, faculty, and staff please join us for an end of semester celebration!!
Thursday, December 17 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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11/12/2020

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Philosophy Talk - "A New Theory of Counterparts" by Bridger Landle

Friday, November 13 via Zoom from Noon - 2 p.m. (MST)

Bridger Landle (one of our own faculty members, and a grad student at University of York) will be presenting one of his papers (co-authored with William Kilborn) tomorrow over Zoom. Please consider attending, it should be fun! And feel free to spread the word.

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11/05/2020

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Philosophy Talk - Material Objects

Philosophy Majors and Minors please join us Friday, November 6 from Noon to 2 p.m. for William Kilborn (one of our own faculty members, and a grad student at University of York) will be giving a talk tomorrow over Zoom.

Friday, November 6
noon-2pm
"Material Objects"

Abstract: What is a material object? In this paper, I consider potential answers to this question. I first examine and argue against the leading alternatives, both the location account and the occupancy account of material objects. I then consider in their place, several novel, potential accounts. Two of these accounts, though otherwise plausible, have the surprising consequence that many ordinary objects, including human persons, are not material objects after all. I weigh this worry in reaching reflective equilibrium.

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[10/01/20]   Philosophy Majors and Minors please join us for a Virtual Open House on Thursday, Oct. 8 begining at 2 p.m.

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[07/26/19]   The Philosophy Department is thinking about Fall 2019 - it will be a great semester! Be sure and check out the Phil Table at the Bronco Welcome!

04/11/2019

Join us for Phil Club tonight at Papa Joe's for great food, philosophy and brain stretching discussions! 1301 S. Capitol in Boise. We will be talking about Dr. Irem Kurtsal's research (she is the speaker tomorrow and Saturday). Hope you can make it!

04/11/2019

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04/10/2019

April 2019 Colloquia - Dr. Irem Kurtsal, April 12 & 13, 2019

03/29/2019

Dr. Irem Kurtsal (Alleghany College, Philosophy & Religious Studies Department) will speak at Boise State April 12 & 13, 2019. Details coming soon! https://sites.allegheny.edu/philo/faculty/irem-kurtsal/

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Are_we_free_to_break_laws.pdf

Philosophy Club at Papa Joe's tonight at 7 pm. Here is a link to the short reading so you can read and then come and join the discussion. See you there!

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[01/31/19]   Last day in January, and students and faculty are busy with philosophy classes and trying to stay warm. Come by and visit anytime, have a cup of tea and avail yourself of our philosophy 'library'! Watch for upcoming speaker information later this spring!

01/11/2019

Philosophers are always in play!

04/18/2017

Thinking of Taking A Philosophy Class Next Semester?

04/18/2017

In need of a Summer Class?

03/17/2017

Friendship Bridge at Boise State Univesity

12/05/2016

Congratulations to Dave McKerracher! He is pictured here at the Honors College Winter Gathering and Graduation Ceremony in the SUB on Thursday, December 1, 2016 next to Dr. Andrew Finstuen, (the Honors College Dean during most of Dave's school experience, who is now interim associate provost for undergraduate studies).

This event honored honors students who have the honor of graduating later this month (okay, that was both alliterative AND redundant).

In addition, Dave was chosen to be the Marshal for the College of Arts and Sciences at commencement on December 17th in the Taco Bell Arena.

The Philosophy Department is so proud of Dave. He is an excellent scholar and has a bright future.

[12/05/16]   Good luck on finals Philosophy majors and minors! Stop in the department and say hi - grab a cup of tea or cocoa, and find a nice corner to study in!

[11/10/16]   Greetings, Philosophers! There is so much going on this week for philosophy. Tomorrow, Philosophy club is meeting at Papa Joe's (7 pm) and will be discussing Dr. Christina Van Dyke's entry in the The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy on mysticism in preparation for her two talks on Friday and Saturday.

Adding Fuel to the Fire? Orthorexia and Gendered Eating
Friday, November 11th
3:30-5:15pm
Location- Multipurpose Building Room 106
Open to the Public and Campus Community

G​od in Us:​ ​Emotion, Embodiment, and Medieval Mysticism
Saturday, November 12th
10:30-12:15pm
Location- ​Interactive Learning Center ​303
​Open to Students of Philosophy and Faculty

May you have a thoughtful day!

theonion.com 10/04/2016

4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence

Look out kids! The danger is real!

Hope you are all having a thoughtful day

theonion.com NEW YORK—Law enforcement officials confirmed Friday that four more copy editors were killed this week amid ongoing violence between two rival gangs divided by their loyalties to the The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual Of Style.

[03/29/16]   Greetings Philosophers!

Philosophy Club has several events coming up next week! On Thursday, April 7th, they will have their regular meeting (7 pm at Papa Joe's) where they will be reading "An Explication of Emergence" by Elanor Taylor in preparation for her being here on campus to speak both Friday and Saturday, April 8th and 9th.

The Friday talk is titled "Groups and Oppression" and will take place from 3:30-5:15 pm in the Education Building, room 109.

The Saturday talk is titled "Emergence and Explanation" and will take place from 10:00-11:45 am in the ILC, room 404.

opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com 03/07/2016

Philosophy's True Home

PHILOSOPHY'S TRUE HOME....

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/07/philosophys-true-home/?emc=eta1&_r=0

opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com It has influenced Einstein’s physics, Turing’s computation and human flourishing, all from its place in the university.

thenewatlantis.com 03/03/2016

The Folly of Scientism

Greetings Philosophers!

Tonight, Philosophy Club will be meeting at Papa Joe's at 7 pm to discuss travel to Pacific University's Undergraduate Conference and Scientism!

Topic: "Scientism"
Defined in various ways, scientism is an attitude or ideology that, as philosopher Tom Sorell says, "is a matter of putting too high a value on natural science in comparison with other branches of learning or culture." MIT physicist Ian Hutchinson puts it in more extreme terms when he said, "Science, modeled on the natural sciences, is the only source of real knowledge."
Is this problematic? What's the real difference between the scientific attitude and the scientismistic attitude? How does the latter contribute to or detract from the scientific project? All these questions and more will be discussed.

http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/the-folly-of-scientism

thenewatlantis.com In recent years, many scientists, pop-science writers, and philosophers have espoused the view that science provides the only valid path to knowledge. Evolutionary biologist Austin L. Hughes reveals the profound failures of this “scientism” and the persistent need for philosophy to guide the scienti…

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Apply by March 4th (job offers go out April 25 and your decision deadline is May 3) for the Teach For America corps member position, a two year (minimum) teaching commitment (ranges from pre-K to 12th grade) in one of 52 low-income communities across the country. You’ll earn a full salary (up to $51,000/year) and benefits, state teaching certification, and an optional Master’s degree. Beyond the two years, our alumni are change agents, inside and outside of schools, tackling issues in education, law, medicine and beyond.

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Experience an inspiring moment from TFA’s 25th Anniversary Summit – Julio Garcia describes how his TFA teachers inspired him to return home to the Rio Grande Valley as a 2013 corps member:

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02/23/2016

Herbert Marcuse (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Greetings Philosophers! Equilibrium is meeting again this week on Thursday at 7 pm at the Philosophy department. Here is the information about the event!

We are meeting this Thursday for our biweekly screening, discussion, and pot luck! Bring food and/or drinks if you can. :)

Topic: Critique of modernity ("Enlightenment"). We still live in the age of the "Englightenment," defined as the age of science, reason, and of individuals thinking for themselves. What could possibly be wrong with that? While it is true that we have been freed in myriad of ways, there are, as with all things, negative elements that must be taken into account if they are to be compensated for healthily.
Phenomenologically speaking, those things which are closest to us become hardest to think about; the task of critical theory is to shine a light on the inherent problems and contradictions of those assumptions we now take for granted.
This will be our first explicit flirtation with critical theory. We will be watching a lecture by Rick Roderick on Herbert Marcuse, a prominent critical theorist, sociologist, and philosopher of the Frankfurt School.
For background information on Marcuse, follow this link:
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/marcuse/

plato.stanford.edu Herbert Marcuse (1898–1979) was one of the most prominent members of the Frankfurt School or The Institute for Social Research (Institute für Sozialforschung) in Frankfurt am Main. The Frankfurt School was formed in 1922 but went into exile in the United States in the early 1930s during the reign of…

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We are a small but vibrant department where students have the chance to really work with and know their professors. If you ask one of our majors why he or she has chosen to pursue a degree in philosophy, you’ll likely hear, “Because I love it!”

Our faculty share this passion for inquiry into the most fundamental questions concerning the nature of reality and the place of human beings within it. We have a strong sense of community and students enjoy extensive interaction with faculty members and others.

This site contains a good deal of information about our program, our faculty, and opportunities for students. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call or drop us an email.

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