Montana State University

Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Location: 2-155 Wilson Hall

Interim Department Chair

Dr. Susan Cohen

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Philosophy Student Events & Opportunities


Paper specifications:
All papers submitted should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Submissions should include both the
paper and an abstract of 100-200 words. Please also include your name, paper title, and
institutional affiliation
in your submission. The best papers will feature significant original
scholarship, rather than literature review or exegesis of another author’s argument. Please submit
papers by December 31, 2014. We will aim to send decisions to students by February 1, 2015. Please
submit your paper to the following email address:

The Conference will take place at Rutgers University on:

February 28th and March 1st, 2015

Rooms will be provided for all student presenters through out the conference at Rutgers University


For more information and updates: Go to
If for some reason you need an extension for the deadline please
Email us at



Call for Papers

The 17th Annual
Midwestern Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Creighton University
April 10-11, 2015


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Erin Stackle of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California speaking on The Virtue of Friendship.

Submission Guidelines: Submissions from all interested undergraduates on any philosophical topic are welcome. Please limit submissions to one paper per student. Papers should be a maximum of 30 minutes reading time (approximately 10-12 pages double-spaced) and should include a separate cover sheet with the author’s name, address, school, email address, telephone number, and an abstract of about 150 words. All submissions should be suitable for blind review, so no identifying marks are to appear anywhere in the body of the paper itself. Papers will be blind reviewed by the officers of the Creighton University chapter of Phi Sigma Tau. Selected speakers will be notified on a rolling basis.

Deadline for receipt of papers: Saturday, March 1st.
If you use postal mail, please be sure to mail your submission well in advance.

Submissions: Papers may be submitted either electronically or via US mail. Please e-mail electronic submissions in an attached file using MS Word format to Submissions made through postal mail should include a disk copy (in MS Word format) in addition to a paper copy and should be addressed to: Shainna Hayes Phi Sigma Tau President, Philosophy Department - DHHC 104, Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178.

Location: The conference will be held on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

For further information (including help with accommodations): Please contact Shainna Hayes by e-mail at




16th Annual
Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The University of North Carolina at Asheville
The Liberal Arts Campus of the University of North Carolina

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sponsoring Organizations include:  the Belk Chair of Humanities, The UNCA Philosophical Society, The NC Epsilon Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, & The UNCA Philosophy Department

Our symposium provides a professional style philosophical forum for aspiring undergraduates to present significant and original work.  All papers will be evaluated by blind review process.  At the conference, judges from universities with important graduate programs will determine prizes for the top three presentations [1st place--$300; 2nd place--$200; 3rd place--$100].

We are honored to announce the keynote address this year will be:
Evaluative Perception
Dr. Susanna Siegel, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University

We are honored to announce our judges this year will be:
Dr. Leonard Lawlor [Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University]. 
Dr. Susanna Siegel [Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University]

Please submit each of the following as a separate MS Word file to

  • a paper
  • an abstract
  • a separate cover sheet with name and affiliation

Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome.  Papers should be designed for a 20 minute presentation time [approximately 10 - 12 standard double-spaced pages].  The paper should not contain the author's name or institutional affiliation, since it will be evaluated in a blind review process.

Abstracts should be attached to the paper, should be one paragraph, double spaced, no more than 150 words.  These abstracts should not contain the author's name or institutional affiliation, since it will be evaluated in a blind review process.

Cover sheets should be on a separate sheet, and should contain the title of the paper, the author's name, and the author's institutional affiliation, address, e-mail address, and phone number.
All submissions must be received by Friday, February 15, 2015.
Acceptance notifications will occur by March 13, 2015.

For submissions or further information, please contact:

Dr. Duane H. Davis
Department of Philosophy, CPO # 2830, UNCA
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804-3251


Call for Papers: Eastern Michigan University’s 5th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy
March 6th and 8th, 2015

The Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy is now accepting papers
for its conference to be held at EMU March 6th and 8th, 2015.  Papers selected for presentation will be allotted 20 minute presentation times, followed by formal comments and Q & A.  All papers in philosophy, broadly construed, will be considered for the conference; since this is an undergraduate conference, no papers by professionals, graduate students, or others holding an advanced degree (in philosophy) will be considered.

Papers submitted for the conference should be 8-12 pages in length and include an abstract approximately 250 words in length.  
The deadline for submission is January 12, 2015, and only completed papers accompanied by an abstract will be reviewed.  We expect to announce the papers selected for presentation before the end of January.
We use a formal commentator system; so, even if your paper is not selected for presentation, you may be considered for such a role.  Please let us know, along with your paper submission, if you are willing to comment. It is not uncommon for students to present a paper and give comments on another at the conference.  This also means that all selected papers will receive formal feedback at the conference.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gina Schouten <> , Illinois State University
Faculty Mentors:
 Last year we enjoyed having faculty attend in a support role.  We strongly encourage students to bring faculty mentors to the conference.  The dialog among professors, discussion of pedagogy, and expansion of mentoring opportunities for students, are among the desirable benefits of this conference.

Papers, abstracts, and questions should be submitted electronically to <>
Faculty Supervisor:  Dr. W. John Koolage,
Publication Opportunity:  The top (3 to 5) papers submitted will be published in our undergraduate philosophy journal, Acta Cogitata! <>
Conference Website: <>
*Papers submitted and/or presented at other conferences will be given equal consideration in our review process.



April 17-18, 2015

Pacific University

Forest Grove, Oregon

Keynote talk by Daniel Dennett <> (Tufts University)

The 19th annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held April 17-18, 2015 on the campus of Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon.

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

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).
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Electronic submissions, including paper and abstract (Word documents), should be sent to:

Submission deadline is February 1, 2015.

Final decisions will be made by February 28, 2015.

Volunteers for session chairs are also welcome.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in Volume 6 (2015) of the journal Res Cogitans <> .

This is strictly an undergraduate conference, with only undergraduates allowed on the conference program.
The single exception is the keynote speaker.
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Past keynotes 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, Peter Kivy, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.
This year’s keynote talk will be by Daniel Dennett.

The conference banquet will be on Friday, April 17 and all paper sessions, including the keynote talk, will be on Saturday, April 18.

Travel and lodging information can be found by going to the conference web site at:

Registration costs: $40, payable at the conference.

Three meals will be provided: Friday night banquet, Saturday breakfast and lunch.

For further information, contact Professor Boersema via email ( or by phone (503 352 2150) or at the address below:

Department of Philosophy
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116