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Philosophy Conference Brings in Students Across the U.S.

Published: March 19, 2019 | Author: Savannah Byers | Category: Academics

2019-03-philosophy-conference-flyer.jpgThis March, Southern Utah University is hosting and celebrating its fifth undergraduate philosophy conference (SUU UPC). The conference will begin at 9:30 am in the Charles Hunter Room on Saturday, March 23rd.

SUU UPC is organized by the SUU Philosophy Club, assistant professor of philosophy Kris Phillips, and professor of philosophy Kirk Fitzpatrick. Anyone interested in philosophical discussion is welcome to attend.

“The conference is an opportunity for students to gain graduate experience at an undergraduate level.” said assistant professor of philosophy, Kris Phillips. “The breadth of different topics is astounding. This year we’ve received a large number of very good submissions from across the country and even beyond!”

Undergraduate students across the globe are invited to submit their academic papers to the SUU Philosophy Club. Members of the club read each paper and provide written commentary. Authors of the top selected papers are then invited to attend the on-campus conference to present and discuss their papers.

“My experience with last year’s undergraduate conference was informative and enjoyable,” said Carl Anderson, 20-year-old philosophy/math major, “Being part of deciding who to accept was incredibly fun and probably the most useful part of the conference.”

This year's papers include:

  • “Women’s Labor and its Connection with Economics”
    Christine Griffith, William Paterson University of New Jersey
  • “Against the Legal Right to Voluntary Active Euthanasia”
    Zuzanna Lutrzykowska, University of Michigan
  • “A Problem with Intuitions: Against Fixed Standards in Philosophy”
    Daniel Smith, University of Utah
  • “Substance, Time, and Mortal Virtue: A Neo-Aristotelian Account of Relative and Divisible Unity”
    Amanda Loeffelholz, DePaul University

This year's conference will include keynote speaker, Dr. Rebecca LeMoine, professor of political theory at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. LeMoine will be presenting a paper titled “Foreigners and Cross-Cultural Engagement in Plato’s Cave”.

“By bringing in students from other places, our students get to interact with those that they wouldn’t have otherwise met. It’s important to hear different perspectives and see different kinds of research projects.” Phillips continued.

This student-run conference is made possible thanks to the support of HSS Dean Boreen, Provost Cook, SUUSA, and Languages and Philosophy.

For more information on SUU’s Philosophy program, visit their website.


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