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History and Operation of the Conference:  

Michigan State University's Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference was established in 2010.  It supports dialogue among philosophy students of MSU and North America who gather for two days of conversation and the opportunity for interaction with a renowned philosopher in a specialization chosen by the students themselves.  The conference is entirely student-organized:  the Philosophy Club, the Capstone PHL 492 class, and a Conference Executive Committee apply for funding, peer-review the submitted papers, answer correspondence, and serve as session chairs and commentators.  Philosophy instructors in the area are welcome to accompany their students to the conference.  

The 2019 Conference:



Call For Papers

9th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference March 22-23, 2019 - East Lansing, MI Deadline for submissions: February 11, 2019

Paper Submissions:

Accepting papers on all areas/topics in philosophy. Maximum length of 3,000 words.
Must include abstract not exceeding 150 words.

Email submissions and questions to Prof. Todd Hedrick (hedrickt@msu.edu).

In the email accompanying the submission attachment, include the author's name, university/college affiliation, email, title of the paper and abstract.

Results announced in mid-February . Food and overnight lodging in East Lansing (if desired) provided for conference participants.
For more information visit: http://www.philosophy.msu.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-conference/

Keynote Speaker: Mariam Thalos

"The Logic of Freedom, or Parallels Between the Logic of

Making Oneself and the Logic of Meaning"

This year, we are delighted to welcome Mariam Thalos, Professor of Philosophy at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Professor Thalos is the author of A Social Theory of Freedom (Routledge, 2016) and Without Hierarchy:TheScale Freedom of the Universe(Oxford,2013).Her research focuses on foundational questions in the physical, social and decisional sciences, as well as issues around practical reasoning, freedom and the existential tradition.


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