Peter O’Meara: Studying Abroad at the Institute of Ideas, London

Peter O’Meara, a Philosophy major, spent the summer of 2016 undertaking an internship at the Institute of Ideas in London. Here’s what he had to say about his experience: “My time in England at the think tank known as the Institute of Ideas proved to be a domain in which my classroom teachings could shine. In the wake of Brexit, and in preparation for our think tank’s most coveted debate forum, I found myself surrounded by the foremost issues of the day. When I was called upon to investigate the issue of Bodily Autonomy, I harkened back to my articles on Oocyte Cryopreservation from Ethics Bowl. Similarly, when attending a debate regarding self-driving cars at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, my experience in Moral Philosophy proved invaluable. When the turmoil brought about by Brexit was at a fervor, my think tank sponsored and attended a university debate on the matter, with both parties citing economic and democratic reasons for leaving and remaining.The application of my philosophy classes in a practical environment demonstrated the power of the subject beyond the ivory tower.”

Racist Things: How Biases Get Materialized in the World, A Talk by Shen-yi Liao

September 23, 2016
Racist Things: How Biases Get Materialized in the World
4:00pm, Trimble Forum
A Philosophy Faculty Talk by Prof. Shen-yi Liao (Puget Sound). We find implicit and explicit racial biases in individuals’ minds. We find conventionalized and codified racial biases in social structures. And, this talk will argue, we find covert and overt racial biases in mundane physical things. The recognition of “racist things” and its relation to other manifestations of racial biases allows us to better understand challenges in changing minds and changing social structures.
Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy


Areté Call for Papers

Areté, the undergraduate journal of Rutgers University’s Department of Philosophy, is now accepting paper submissions for publication in its Spring 2017 issue. Approximately 3 papers will be published, digitally and in print (limited run).

Traditionally, only work from juniors and seniors is encouraged, as analytic rigor is a prerequisite for publication. That being said, any paper of exquisite quality from any field of philosophy is welcome for submission.

Submissions should not exceed 8,000 words, with a cover page, abstract, and citations. For the purpose of blind review, do not include information in the text of your paper that identifies either you as author or the institution you attend. Papers should be submitted via email attachment (from an email address we can use to correspond with you), in Word document or PDF format, to by October 14th, 2016.

Authors of papers accepted for publication will be notified in December.

Call for Papers: The Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities

Call for Papers
North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is hosting the first annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The purpose of this conference is to give undergraduate students from around the region the opportunity to present their work in a public and professional academic setting. We invite submissions of original scholarship, including creative work, focusing on any area of the humanities including, but not limited to, the following disciplines: literature, creative writing, philosophy, ancient and modern languages, history, ethnic studies, religious studies, women’s studies, cultural studies, film and visual culture, and the fine arts. Presentations must take the form of 10-15 minute papers or readings (about 6 to 8 double-spaced pages). Submissions are due Friday, September 30, 2016.

Jess Walter, author of multiple critically acclaimed books including No. 1 New York Times bestselling novel Beautiful Ruins, will be the keynote speaker.

The registration fee is $30 per person. The lunch and keynote only fee is $20 per person. (This fee helps cover the cost of food, publicity, facilities, and programming for the conference.) The fee is payable online or by check made payable to North Idaho College and mailed to Nikole King, North Idaho College, English Department, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. We encourage participants to pay in advance, but payment will also be accepted at the conference during registration.

Please register by Friday, October 28, 2016.

For more information and details about the conference, please visit their website.



Job Opportunity for University of Puget Sound Students

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Call for Papers: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Call for Papers

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be hosting its 11th
Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

To be held at SIUE, Edwardsville, IL on October 21st and 22nd, 2016

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. George Yancy, Emory College, Atlanta, Georgia
Author of Look, A White! Philosophical Essays on Whiteness. (2012),
Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race (2008),
and editor and author of numerous influential books & articles,
including a series of 19 interviews with philosophers and public
intellectuals on the issue of race for The New York Times

Submission Deadline: September 4, 2016
The best student papers will be published in
Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal
(peer-reviewed, open access)

Submission Requirements:

• Submit your paper as an electronic attachment in .doc, .rtf, or .pdf
file format to
Professor Saba Fatima at
• Papers in any area of philosophy are welcome.
• SIUE is committed to issues of diversity and especially encourages
women and minorities to consider submitting.
• In the subject line of the e-mail please indicate “Undergraduate
Philosophy Conference”
• In the body of the message, please indicate author’s name,
university affiliation, email, and the title of the paper.
• Make the first page of the paper a cover page, which should include
the author’s name, university affiliation, email contact, word count,
and the title of the paper.
• Prepare the rest of the paper for blind review. Self-identifying
information should only appear on the cover page and in the body of
the email submitted to Professor Fatima.
• The paper must not exceed 3000 words in length (not counting
bibliography and notes).
• Students submitting papers must be currently enrolled undergraduates.
• For more information, check out

“Dialogues with Phil and Sophia – Who’s Moving?”

Recent graduate and philosophy major Nick Navarro ’15 has a strong interest in philosophy for children. So strong, in fact, that he wrote a philosophical book for children as an independent study in conjunction with his senior seminar (both taught by Ariela Tubert). Nick wanted to get children to think about the same issues that were being read and discussed in the senior seminar, and thus, the book project was born.

Dialogues with Phil and Sophia – Who’s Moving? follows the adventures of siblings Phil and Sophia as they work through some big questions about personal identity and agency. As Nick describes the book, “Phil and Sophia along the way practice thinking philosophically, questioning everything they encounter. From trees to pastries, each chapter discusses how reflection, relationships, reasoning, and resistance are meaningful to developing an identity. “

The book includes spaces for the readers to interact, noting their own philosophical questions and thoughts, as well as discussion questions at the end of each chapter. The book also includes artwork by illustrator Avery Aresu.

Following is a brief excerpt of Nick’s work. See if you can recognize the philosopher whose work inspired this encounter!


If you guessed Derek Parfit, you’re right! Other chapters of the book make use of the work of Marya Schechtman, Paul Katsafanas, and Christine Korsgaard, giving the overall story its strong theme of questioning personal identity, but presenting this topic in ways that children can understand and grapple with for themselves.

For the end of the academic year, several excerpts from Nick’s book were enlarged and put up as an exhibit in Wyatt Hall, as shown below:

Navarro Exhibit 1Navarro Exhibit 2

Nick provides the following information about himself in relation to the book:

Nicolas Navarro dreams of a world driven by insatiable inquiry. Hoping to spark curiosity and imagination in everyone, Nicolas writes with the values of philosophy in mind so others may find satisfaction through pursuing wisdom.

Recently completing his B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Puget Sound, this is Nicolas’ first novel before he continues his studies, pursuing a M.S.Ed. in Community and Social Change from the University of Miami. On the horizon, Nicolas plans to apply for the Peace Corps and to continue writing philosophy novels for children.

I (Nicolas) think the most important way I can impact people’s lives is to teach them to think philosophically. Philosophy values a dialogue by which ideas can be discussed to develop meaning and broaden one’s experience. Doing philosophy inherently teaches people to think critically about the decisions they make and to become more accepting of others’ views. I hope you enjoy the book!

Want to read more? Nick’s book is now for sale on Amazon! Congratulations Nick!