Valley Bank Selects Merlin as an Awardee for its Christmas Giving Program

Thank you so much, Valley Bank, for your generous contribution to our organization.  What a wonderful holiday surprise!!  Your contribution will help to support our philosophy in the community activities for youth, including our “Big Ideas by Little Philosophers” program, our student fellowships, and our youth philosophy walks.

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December 2019 Philosophy Think & Drink (Missoula)

We had a great time at our December Think & Drink! Our group explored the good ol’ is-ought conundrum. Check out some of the questions and ideas that came up in the process here!

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December 2019 Philosophy Think & Drink (Helena)

Wow….what a turn-out in the wine cave this month!  Our group of 17 (?!) had a great time exploring ideas together and talking shop!! The topic de noir: religion. Check out what sorts of things we explored here!

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Merlin Community Scholar Fellow Makes 4 Montana Papers with His Article on Elk Shoulder Seasons

Congratulations to 2019 Merlin Community Scholar Fellow, Thomas Baumeister, for making the paper once again with his research and writing on the practical and moral challenges associated with elk shoulder seasons.  His article was picked up by four papers across Montana: Helena Independent Record,  Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the Missoulian, and Butte Standard.

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Elk Shoulder Seasons Ineffective–Time to Think Outside the Box

Montana is home to a lot of elk—134,557 to be more precise. Elk reign prominently in our state’s identity and Montana is better for it. Yet, according to the Elk Management Plan put forth by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), this is 42,419 elk too many. In this article, 2019 Merlin Community Scholar Fellow Thomas Baumeister, discusses the numerous practical and moral challenges of elk shoulder seasons. Read more!

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Philosophy Workshop: From Karma to Dharma – Finding our Way through Indian Philosophy (Winter 2019)

This 2½-hour workshop introduced key concepts and arguments from the philosophical traditions of India. Our goals were to dispel some common misconceptions about Indian philosophy and religion, to distinguish different Indian philosophical schools from one another, and to develop a deeper understanding of these rich and varied traditions.
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