Call For Papers – 20th Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Call For Papers – 20th Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

April 15-16, 2016

Pacific University

Forest Grove, Oregon

Keynote talk by Elliot Sober (University of Wisconsin)

The 20th annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held April 15-26, 2016 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). Electronic submissions, including paper and abstract (Word documents), should be sent to: Submission deadline in February 1, 2016. Final decisions will be made by February 28, 2016. Volunteers for session chairs are also welcome. Selected papers from the conference will be published in Volume 7 (2016) 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. Past keynote 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, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, and Daniel Dennett. This year’s keynote talk will be by Elliot Sober.

The conference banquet will be on Friday, April 15 and all paper sessions, including the keynote talk, will be on Saturday, April 16.

Travel and lodging information can be found by going to the conference website 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 following address: Dept. of Philosophy, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116

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