• Major in Humanities
  • Minor in Ethics
  • Scotus, Ockham, Descartes

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy & Humanities


Department Information

Office Contact:

Philosophy Office: CB 507

Humanities Office: CB 211H

Phone: 801-863-8352

Mailstop: 173


Advisor: Kindra Amott

Email:  kindra.amott@uvu.edu

For Appointments: 801-863-8352

Phone: 801-863-6717

Office: CB 506H


Department Chair: Pierre Lamarche

Associate Chair: Kelli D. Potter

Humanities Director: Sam Liang

Upcoming Events

Colloquium: Anne Peterson, University of Utah: Aristotle on Animals

OCTOBER 5, 2017 • 3–5 PM • Classroom building 510

Sustainability Day

October 25, 2017

Graduate School Q&A Session

November 10, 2017 • 12–2 PM • Classroom Building 409

Happenings in Humanities: Michael Berry, Image Framer

november 14, 2017 • 7 PM • STUDENT CENTER 213A/B

High School Ethics Bowl

february 3, 2018



Past Events




Colloquium: Anne Peterson, University of Utah: Aristotle on Animals

OCTOBER 5, 2017

2017 Ethics Awareness Week

SEPTEMBER 26–29, 2017

A Conversation with bell hooks

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

Welcome to the Rubber Room: A New Film By Trent Harris

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Summer Seminar: Ethics, Media, and the Public Good

MAY 9–12, 2017

Contours of Knowledge: An Interdisciplinary Conference

MARCH 28, 2017

2017 Humanities Symposium

MARCH 15–16, 2017

Maureen Eckert Lecture on Feminist Logic

MARCH 14, 2017

G. Lawrence Anderson UVU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

MARCH 13, 2017

Globalism and You: The Crisis of Neoliberalism

MARCH 7–9, 2017

Ramy Adly Lecture and Oud Performance

MARCH 1, 2017

Interreligious Engagement in a Global Context

NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Responding in Utah to the Global Refugee Crisis

NOVEMBER 12, 2016

2016 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Conference

OCTOBER 20–22, 2016

The Task of Thinking: Heidegger, Wonder, & Philosophy

OCTOBER 19, 2016

Visiting Scholar Seminar Series on Inclusivity: Engaged Learning in Philosophy

OCTOBER 19 & 24, 2016

Workshop on the Philosophy of Games

OCTOBER 14–15, 2016

Tani Barlow Lecture: Advertising China

OCTOBER 11, 2016

18th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum: Social Justice & Bioethics 

OCTOBER 6–8, 2016

2016 J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue on Peace & Justice Conference: Women, War, and PEACEbuilding

March 23–25, 2016

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Moral Responsibility Conference

March 26–27, 2015



bell hooks Residency

bell hooksUVU's Department of Philosophy and Humanities, in conjunction with the offices of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Center for the Study of Ethics, and the Office of Student Affairs, will welcome award-winning cultural theorist, philosopher and social advocate bell hooks for a week-long residency September 18-21.

Hailed as one of the “100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life” by Utne Reader, hooks’ writings cover a broad range of topics incorporating issues on feminism, race, class, education, mass media, and engaged pedagogy.

hooks will engage the UVU community in “A Conversation with bell hooks” on Wednesday, September 20th at 12 p.m. in UVU’s Ragan Theater. The address is general admission seating and open to the public. There will be an extended question-and-answer session following her introductory remarks. For more information on hooks, her visit, and her history with UVU, please see our press release.

Thi Nguyen in Print

Thi Nguyen ClimbingAssistant Professor of Philosophy C. Thi Nguyen has recently published two new pieces of writing. The first is an pop essay on the aesthetics of rock climbing in Philosopher's Magazine, and is available to read free online. The second is a survey on the philosophy of games for Philosophy Compass. You can also check out Dr. Nguyen's blog, Objectionable, for more great content and info about his work.

Laura Guerrero Fellowship

Laura GuerreroOur own Assistant Professor Laura Guerrero has been awarded a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowship in Buddhist Studies! This American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship offers Buddhist studies scholars support for their research and writing by allowing for time free from teaching and other responsibilities. Dr. Guerrero will be using the fellowship to complete a book-length manuscript on truth in the work of Dharmakīrti.

KC Hooker Presidential Internship

KC HookerWe are proud to announce that Philosophy major KC Hooker will be serving as the 2017-2018 Presidential Intern to UVU President Matthew S. Holland! The Presidential Internship program affords students the unique opportunity to build their resumés while working with the University's Cabinet members, engage in mentoring with leaders from around UVU, and network with various industries through internship excursions. The internships are paid and selection is highly competitive. Congratulations, KC!

Melvin Davila Martinez Presentations

Melvin Davila MartinezPhilosophy major Melvin Davila Martinez will be presenting his paper, "Dissolving Harrop's Semantic Paradox Concerning Moral Error Theory," at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, the 2017 SUU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our Department is highly committed to fostering undergraduate research and engaged learning experiences, and we encourage everyone to attend the presentations. Congratulations, Melvin!


Summit LogoSUMMIT: The Sustainable Mountain Development and Conflict Transformation Global Knowledge and Action Network is an NGO founded and directed by our department member, Dr. Michael Minch. SUMMIT has now officially launched and is building the world’s largest database regarding sustainable development and conflict transformation/peacebuilding. In addition, the SUMMIT Knowledge and Action Network is developing SUMMIT Research, Development, and Peacebuilding Centers (with associated projects) on the ground in West Africa, Haiti, the Balkans, and elsewhere. For more information, please visit the SUMMIT website.

Sam Liang in Print

Remaking China's Great CitiesAssociate Professor Samuel Y. Liang's recent book, Remaking China's Great Cities, has received attention in major media outlets in the past months. Articles published by CNN and The New York Times have both mentioned Dr. Liang's work. Be sure to check them out!

Spiraling the Spiral Jetty

As part of a core emphasis on engaged learning at UVU, Senior Artist in Residence Alex Caldiero, Lecturer Jorgen Hansen, and Honors Program Coordinator Tiffany Nez organized an outing to Robert Smithson's legendary earthwork, Spiral Jetty, and the Great Salt Lake as part of the Honors Ethics and Values, and Environmental Humanities courses. The students not only studied and engaged with the cultural and environmental significance of Spiral Jetty and the Great Salt Lake, but participated in a performance written and choreographed by Alex Caldiero, and produced as a film by Jordan Goodrich! Here is the finished product:

Brian Birch Fellowship

Professor Brian Birch was recently named as the first fellow in the Marlin K. Jensen Scholar and Artist in Residence Program by The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah as part of its Mormon Studies initiative. The Jensen Program hosts prominent scholars with expertise in Mormon Studies or renowned artists who explore the relationship between faith and art in their work. Congratulations to Dr. Birch!

Elaine Englehardt in Print

Distinguished Professor Elaine Englehardt's paper "Ethics Across the Curriculum: Prospects for Broader (and Deeper) Teaching and Learning in Research and Engineering Ethics" was recently published in the journal Science and Engineering Ethics. The paper builds on her longstanding and excellent work with the Ethics Across the Curriculum (EAC) initiative here at UVU, which eventually precipitated not only EAC as a scholarly movement, but also the associated Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.