Philosophy Conference on Campus

The Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will take place on campus on Friday 2/12 and Saturday 2/13.  In addition to the keynote addresses by Sara Goering and David Wong, there will be 12 papers presented by students from all over the country.  Each paper will have commentary by a Puget Sound student.  Please don’t miss this great event!  You can read more about the keynote addresses and the conference here.  And look at the full schedule and get more information at the conference page.


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Talk by David Wong: “Relativism and Ambivalence between Relationship and Autonomy”

Professor David Wong (Duke University) will be giving one of the keynote addresses at the Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Saturday 2/13 at 5:30pm in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall.  Here below is his abstract for the talk.

“Relativism and Ambivalence between Relationship and Autonomy”

Disagreement over moral values have long been a ground for argument as to whether there is a single true morality.  Philosophers have arrived at opposite conclusions based on their analysis of the nature of moral disagreement. With very few exceptions, they have drawn their conclusions about the nature of disagreement in a largely a priori and exceedingly abstract manner. This talk is a plea for more concrete consideration of the way that values are instantiated within moral traditions such as Confucianism.  I will examine in particular the implications of a Confucian ethic, as it appears in classical Confucian philosophers, for conflicts between the moral values of relationship and autonomy.  I will criticize a certain stereotype of ethics that apparently values relationship and community over individual autonomy, e.g., that the individual is subordinated to the group.  I will argue that a more careful consideration of how relationship is valued and the way the individual is conceived in relationship to the group can produced a warranted response of “moral ambivalence:” a weakening of confidence that there is a single correct way to resolve conflicts between all major moral values.

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Talk by Sara Goering: “Stimulating the Self: Neural Technologies and Agency”

Professor Sara Goering (University of Washington) will be giving one of the keynote addresses at the Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Friday 2/12 at 5:30pm in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall.  Here below is her abstract for the talk.

“Stimulating the Self: Neural Technologies and Agency”

Neural technologies — like deep brain stimulation — hold great promise for treating diseases that have proven resistant to pharmaceutical interventions, but they also raise concerns about effects on personal identity and our sense of agency. I will explore how philosophers can contribute to these debates, by exploring concepts of self and relational autonomy and connecting them with reports from people using the devices.


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Perspectives in Education – Teach for America Info Session

On Wednesday, February 10th, the Vice President of Recruitment of Teach for America, Jessica Cordova Kramer, will be visiting UPS to meet informally with student leaders to discuss post graduate opportunities. While she’s on campus, her goal is to spread the word to graduating seniors and leaders about the mission of Teach for America, as well as discuss the upcoming application deadline on March 4th

RSVP for the event


Summer Teaching Opportunities

Summer Teaching Positions Available: 

Teach Reading to Students of All Ages This Summer

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $800 per week while teaching.
  • Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.


The Instituteof Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2016 teaching positions.We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

We hire people who:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Are responsible, hardworking, and have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students

The Institute teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Our classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at:

Summer Program for Women in Philosophy

The third annual Summer Program for Women in Philosophy is being held from June 20 to July 1 , 2016 at UC San Diego. This two week program is for undergraduate women in philosophy and it features a variety of workshops and seminars taught by visiting faculty.

Applications are due by March 1, 2016.

For more information and the application for this program, visit their website.



Call for Papers: Metropolitan State University of Denver

The First Undergraduate Women’s Philosophy Conference

Friday April 22-Saturday April 23, 2016
Metropolitan State University of Denver; Denver, CO

Sponsored by: Auraria Women’s Philosophy Group, the MSU Denver Philosophy Club, and the MSU Denver Department of Philosophy

Keynote Speaker:

Elizabeth Brake, Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy, Arizona State University “Love and the Law”

Abstract: How and why should the state be involved in personal relationships? In this talk I discuss the free love tradition and marriage abolitionism before giving arguments for state support of personal relationships — including friendship, polyamory, and companionship for the elderly.

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work by female-identified undergraduates and to encourage community building amongst female- identified philosophers.

Call For Papers:

Papers should be authored by female-identified undergraduates. Papers must have philosophical content, but there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena of philosophical discussion itself.

Electronic submissions (.doc or pdf) are required and should be sent as an attachment to Liz Goodnick at Submissions should include both the paper and an abstract of 100-200 words. Papers should be approximately 2500 words (8-10 pages) and prepared for anonymous review.

Please include the following in the body of the email:

  1. The paper’s title
  2. Word count
  3. Author’s name
  4. Institutional affiliation (if any)
  5. Email address
  6. Telephone number
  7. Will you need a smart classroom to present your paper?

Papers that do not include the above will not be considered.
No more than one paper by the same author will be considered.

Submission deadline is February 29, 2016. Papers will be reviewed by the conference planning committee. Notification of acceptance will be made via email by March 20. Submissions whose authors cannot be contacted through email will be rejected.

Each paper will have a commentator. Those interested in providing brief comments of approximately 5 minutes should email Liz Goodnick at by February 29, 2016, stating your availability and areas of interest. Please indicate whether you would like to be a commentator should your paper not be accepted.

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 22

Conference registration: 4-6 pm

Conference banquet: 6-8 pm

Saturday, April 23

Breakfast: 9-10 am

Conference registration: 8:30-10 am

Workshop: On Being a Woman in Philosophy: 10-11 am Paper session 1: 11:15 am-1:15 pm

Keynote Presentation and Lunch: 1:30-3:30 pm Elizabeth Brake, Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy, Arizona State University

Title of Professor Brake’s Talk: “Love and the Law” Paper session 2: 3:45-5:45 p.m.

A full conference schedule with presentation times and location details will be available in late March.


Registration fee: $40. Three meals will be provided to registered attendees: Friday night banquet, Saturday breakfast and lunch. The registration fee should be paid at the conference (cash or check).

For further information, contact Professor Liz Goodnick at or Professor Carol Quinn at