Contact & Location


Philosophy Department

Physical Address:
205 Administration Building
PHONE: (208) 885-6328
FAX: (208) 885-5102
E-MAIL: phil@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Philosophy Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3173, 83844-3173
Moscow, ID 83844-1110


J. Carl Mickelsen

Office: Morrill Hall 409
Phone: (208) 885-2625
Email: carlm@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Philosophy Department - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443016
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3016

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Philosophy Department
Lecturer in Philosophy

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1990

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Western Ethics
    • Marxism
    • Contemporary Media
  • Biography
    “Least of all should an intellectual be there to make his/her audience feel good:
    The whole point is to be embarrassing, contrary, even unpleasant.”
     - Edward Said, Representations of the Intellectual

    As a youth, Carl intensely disliked school. When he turned 17, he quit high school and joined the Navy. His timing in this was not the best since the Gulf of Tonkin incident – the pretext for the escalation of the never-declared “war” in Vietnam – occurred while he was in basic training. Nonetheless, he survived and after 4 years of service was honorably discharged. For the next decade, he intermittently attended college and eventually earned a MA in philosophy. This duly qualified him to work as a carpenter, which he did for the next several years. He then started his own small construction firm.

    When his body rebelled and he could no longer perform heavy labor, he folded the business and went to law school. While in law school, he began teaching in the philosophy department at the UI. Upon graduating from law school, he was hired as an attorney by a non-profit disabilities rights organization. Carl is still employed in both this job and as an instructor at UI. 
“Orthodoxy means not thinking - not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.” - George Orwell, 1984