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MSU to hold international conference for undergraduate philosophers

August 30, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Students from across the globe will convene Sept. 6 and 7 in Bozeman for Montana State University’s first International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. 

Undergraduates were invited to write papers on any philosophical topic and to present their papers at the conference. The focus could range from consciousness to environmental ethics, or the theory of knowledge to the theory of politics. The students will discuss everything from German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel and voting, to human nature and moral responsibility.

Ian Schnee, assistant professor of philosophy at Western Kentucky University, will give the keynote address on “Knowledge, Falsehood, and Gettier Cases.” He will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, in SUB 235 on the MSU campus. A reception will follow.  

Schnee’s talk and all the conference sessions are free and open to the public.  Sessions will run from 2 to 5:10 p.m. on Sept. 6, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, in room 1-144 of Wilson Hall. For topics and a schedule of presentations, go to http://www.montana.edu/wwwhi/2010/InternationalUndergraduatePhilosophyConferenceProgram.pdf

The conference is hosted by the MSU Undergraduate Scholars Program, Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Society and the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies. Conference organizer Christopher Kloth, a recent MSU graduate who is now working on his master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno, said he got the idea for the conference after attending his first philosophy conference as an undergraduate. 

“The opportunity to go present my work at another conference and to meet philosophers from all over the place was such a neat experience that I wanted to try and provide that for more undergraduate students,” he said. 

Kloth originally planned to attend law school after studying philosophy. He now wants to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy, then teach philosophy. 

“When I got further into my degree and started to read more and more philosophy, I found myself unable to pull away from it, even in my spare time,” Kloth said. “It consumed most of my time. I still am reading all the time, trying to gain a better understanding of the foundational problems in philosophy.” 

For more information about the conference, contact Kloth at christopher.kloth@gmail.com 

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu