Eastern Michigan University
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History and Philosophy Department
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Eastern Michigan University's Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy

Welcome to the conference main page!


New Information Regarding the 2015, 5th Annual, Conference:

The conference will begin Saturday morning, March 7th, and runs through late afternoon on Sunday, March 8th.

Our keynote has been moved from the evening to the afternoon.  A lunch will be served.

Over the next week or two, commenters will be assigned.  Also, we will make room assignments.  The conference will be housed in McKenny Union, as it was last year.  It's a nice venue with plenty of space.

As of now, we expect to have breakfasts and lunches both days.  We are also in the middle of designing an evening event, which would permit conference attendees a chance to talk and have dinner off campus.

If you are speaking at this year's conference, we recommend you check out the advice for speakers (for our accepted submissions) or the advice for commentators (if you are a selected commenter) below.


Conference Information

For Speakers and Commenters

Call for Papers for the 2015 Conference

Conference Program Archive


Acta Cogitata

Acta Cogitata is Eastern Michigan University's undergraduate journal of philosophy.  Several papers from the conference are published in this journal each year.  The journal also accepts regular submissions.

The journal's home page is here: Acta Cogitata

Interested in submitting a paper?  Follow this link: Acta Cogitata submission details.

Journal editor: W. John Koolage


2014 Conference Notes

2014 was another great year for EMU's Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy.  We changed venues, moving to McKenny Union.  This offered some unique advantages, including some very beautiful rooms.  Thanks to Provost Schatzel, who made an appearance, and to all the members of EMU's philosophy section.

Dr. Eric Stencil gave a great keynote address, talking about Descartes' arguments regarding the existence of God.  Thought provoking, to say the least.

A big thank you goes out to all our speakers and commenters, many who came from the distance reaches of the United States to share their ideas with us.  Grand Valley State sent a big contingent again this year, and it was good to have them back in the mix of speakers and commenters.

Four papers from the conference were published in this year's issue of our journal.  Congratulations and many thanks to the extra work these authors' put into their final pieces.  These can be be found here: Acta Cogitata.

We hope to see many of our speakers return to give papers in upcoming years.


2013 Conference Notes

The 2013 conference was a great success.  Thank you so much to all our speakers, many of whom traveled great distances to join us, our commenters, our organizers, and to the faculty of the philosophy section!

When all was said and done, 21 papers were presented.  The papers spanned almost every branch of philosophy and covering lots of interesting ground and offered those in attendance a lot of philosophy to consider.

Four papers from the conference were published in our journal, which can be found here: Acta Cogitata.

The following schools shared their students with us: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Montana State University - Bozeman, Portland State University, University of Michigan, University of Missouri - Columbia, University of South Florida, Youngstown State University, Hamilton College, Southern Illinois State, and Bowling Green State University.  Thank you!

2013's Keynote Speaker was Dr. Deborah Mower of Youngstown State University.  She is happy to continue conversations with students interested in her work.  She can be contacted at dsmower@ysu.edu.

Best Presentation & Paper Award

Jordan Ueberroth (MSU), "Possible Parthood and Modal-Mereological Composition"

Runners Up

Darrell E. White II (BGSU), "Obesity as Choice-Independent Harm"

Erga Lemish (ISU), "The Ethical Character from Plato to James: Strict and Stable to Flexible"

Spirit of the Conference Award

Jonathon VandenHombergh (Aquinas College)

The History & Philosophy Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 701 Pray Harrold, 734.487.1018