Student Research

The Philosophy Section strives to support and recognize our students' research and writing in philosophy.

Undergraduate Symposium and Graduate Research Conference

Every year several of our students present their original research at EMU's Undergraduate Symposium and Graduate Research Conference. Sharing the results of your research at these events gives you the valuable experience of presenting at a conference and lets others recognize your scholarly work.

  • Undergraduate Symposium Presentations


    • A Bayesian Justification for Movement in Pedagogic Practices
      Natalie Anderson
      John Koolage, Faculty Mentor
    • A Comparison of Scientific Pluralism and Taoist Synchronicity
      Bradley Birkle
      John Koolage, Faculty Mentor
    • Self-Identification: First-Person Authority or Negotiative Theory
      Lauren Williams
      Peter Higgins, Faculty Mentor
  • Graduate Research Conference Presentations


    • Passion: The Catalyst for the Realization (or Lack Thereof) of Justice in Society
      Morgen Barroso
      Michael Scoville, Faculty Mentor
    • The Authentic Self as Anticipatory Resoluteness
      Evgenia Chrysochoou
      Laura McMahon, Faculty Mentor
    • Intuition and Game AI
      Carl Wauer
      John Koolage, Faculty Mentor
    • Is It Ever Morally Permissible to Out a Closeted Gay Person?
      Aiden Zamzow
      Peter Higgins, Faculty Mentor

Thesis and Independent Study

In addition to regular coursework, students may undertake a research project for credit toward graduation. Students considering a thesis or independent study project should talk with the professor with whom they would like to work.

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