18th annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is an annual, two-day conference held each spring, attracting students from across the country and internationally. Since 1997, more than 1300 students from over 300 schools have participated in our conference. These students represent all 50 U.S. states as well as a number of Canadian provinces and several other countries. All of the participants are undergraduate students, with the exception of the annual keynote address by a renowned philosopher. Past keynote speakers have included Paul Churchland, Hilary Putnam, John Searle, Keith Lehrer, Catherine Elgin, John Perry, Hubert Dreyfus, Jerry Fodor, Alvin Plantinga, Cora Diamond, James Sterba, and Peter Kivy.

Friday April 4 through Saturday April 5, 2014
Pacific University — Forest Grove, Oregon

Keynote presentation: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University) "Are Psychopaths Responsible?"


The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work of undergraduates to their peers.


Submission Guidelines

Papers are required to be of philosophical content, but there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena of philosophical discussion itself. Papers should be approximately 3000 words (10-12 pages).

Electronic submissions (as Word documents) are required and should be sent to: boersema@pacificu.edu Submissions should include both the paper and an abstract (that is, a 100-200 word summary of the paper).

Submission deadline is February 1, 2014. Final decisions will be made no later than February 20, 2014.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in Volume 5 (2014) of the journal Res Cogitans.


Conference Schedule

Friday, April 4 (Registration and banquet will be in the UCC church, next to Pacific's campus)

Saturday, April 5 (Meals will be in the UCC church; all student paper sessions will be in Marsh Hall)

View a detailed schedule with presentation times and location.


Electronic registration is available. Registration fee: $40. Three meals will be provided to registered attendees: Friday night banquet, Saturday breakfast and lunch. The registration fee can also be paid at the conference. Registration can also be done by sending the registration fee via check (made out to "Pacific University") to: David Boersema, Department of Philosophy, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove OR 97116.

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For further information, contact David Boersema at the address above.


Conference Contact Info

David Boersema
Department of Philosophy,2043 College Way
Pacific University, Forest Grove OR 97116
Fax: 503-352-2775
Email: boersema@pacificu.edu