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Philosophy Day 2017

Philosophy Day is a showcase of the philosophical community at University of Puget Sound. There will be four student presentations on topics such as free will, the replication crisis, justice, and metaphysics. There will also be a presentation from the Ethics Bowl team on real-world ethical dilemmas.

No previous experience with philosophy is required. Feel free to pick and choose the sessions that best fit with your interests and schedules!

Date            02/17/2017
Time            1pm-5pm
Place           Murray Boardroom, SUB

1:00-1:30: Jenny Paul, “Compatibilism and the Degrees of Influence: An Analysis of the Morality of the Self and its Relation to the External”
1:30-2:00: Eric Ralph, “The Paradox of Psychology: Replication Crises as Opportunities”
2:00-2:30: Steven Baptiste, “Justice as Harmony – Plato’s use of Literary Symbolism in the Republic: Thrasymachus, Glaucon, and Socrates”
2:30-3:00: Conor O’Keefe, “The Advantages of Dogmatic Metaphysics over Kantian Synthetic Metaphysics”
3:00-3:30: Coffee Break
3:30-5:00: Ethics Bowl, “Civil Disobedience” & “The Tunnel Problem” – Cases about the ethics of leaking classified information and the responsibility for accidents from self driving cars.

Call for Papers: Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Call for Papers: 21st Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

April 21-22, 2017 |  Pacific University | Forest Grove, Oregon | Keynote talk by Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley) 

The 21st annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held April 21-22, 2017 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: ian.oloughlin@pacificu.edu.Submission deadline is February 1, 2017Final decisions will be made by February 28, 2017. Volunteers for session chairs are also welcome.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in Volume 8 (2017) of the journal Res CogitansThis is strictly an undergraduate conference, with only undergraduates allowed on the conference program. The single exception is the keynote speaker. Past keynotes speakers have included: Elliot Sober, 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, Daniel Dennett, and Elliott Sober. This year’s keynote talk will be by Alva Noë.The conference banquet will be on Friday, April 21 and all paper sessions, including the keynote talk, will be on Saturday, April 22. Travel and lodging information can be found by going to the conference web site at: www.pacificu.edu/as/philosophy/conference

Registration costs: $50, payable at the conference. Three meals will be provided: Friday night banquet, Saturday breakfast and lunch.

For further information, contact Professor O’Loughlin via email (ian.oloughlin@pacificu.edu) or by phone (503 352 1547) or at the address: Dept. of Philosophy, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116

Collier Scholarships

The deadline for applying to the Collier Scholarships is March 31, 2016.  Philosophy students are often eligible to apply for either Collier scholarship.  The Collier Interdisciplinary Scholarship requires work in a science or social science subject and a humanities subject (for example those doing work in psychology and philosophy could be eligible.) The Collier Pleneurethic Scholarship requires that the student pursue studies of the relationship between the mind, body, and environment.  For more information and application instructions, check here.

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CWLT Writing Excellence Contest

Enter the annual CWLT Writing Excellence Contest!

The Writing Excellence prizes are awarded annually by the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching to encourage and reward good writing in all disciplines. Any paper submitted for a course taken at Puget Sound in spring, summer, or fall of 2015 is eligible. Ten prizes of $250 each will be awarded.

For more information and to complete the entry form, visit pugetsound.edu/writingawards.

The deadline for submission is Friday, January 29, 2016 at 5pm. 

 

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Experimenting with Coffee with Professor Liao

Can you know how something tastes without tasting it yourself? Some philosophers say that first-hand experience is required to judge something’s taste. But this is odd since first-hand experience isn’t required to know what colour or shape something is—you can learn that from another person. So other philosophers say that you can learn about tastes from others—although it might be difficult in ordinary circumstances.  How well, then, do we communicate about taste?

Does a moral flaw in a cup of coffee make it worse as a cup of coffee? Does our knowledge of a coffee’s moral status make any difference to the way we experience its flavour? Or, to give a simple example, would a direct-trade coffee taste better than its non-direct-trade counterpart?

Puget Sound Philosophy Professor Sam Liao and co-writer Aaron Meskin integrate philosophy into everyday life by exploring how well people communicate about the taste of coffee and how morality relates to taste in Experimenting with Coffee.

Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2016

The Elie Wiesel Foundation’s Prize in Ethics Essay Contest challenges students to write thoEllieWiesel_8.5x11_Flyer_2016ught-provoking essays regarding urgent ethical issues in today’s world. This contest is a great opportunity to explore ethical issues and propose ways to address them. Winning students are eligible for an internship and a chance for their essay to be published in a nationally recognized publication.

For more information, click here.

To submit an essay, click here.