Department News

Call for papers

posted Jul 29, 2011, 9:00 AM by John Doe   [ updated Sep 24, 2012, 6:20 PM by Unknown user ]

The Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is pleased to announce that the Polymath, a scholarly journal run by the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has agreed to publish some, but not all, of the papers featured at the Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Those papers that will be published in the Polymath will all be peer-reviewed.

Please visit our website for further information and updates about our conference:

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Eric Brown from the Washington University

The Department of Philosophy and Phi Sigma Tau (Illinois Pi Chapter) of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 6th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, November 4th-5th, 2011. All undergraduate students are encouraged to submit papers on any topic of philosophical interest.

Submission Deadline: September 30th, 2011

Submission Guidelines:

• Papers should be 12-15 pages in length (20-25 minutes presentation time).

• All personally identifying information should be removed from the body of the paper.

• A cover sheet including your name and contact information should be attached separately.

• Electronic submissions only; they should be emailed to: (Subject Line: "Undergraduate Conference Submission")

• For compatibility reasons, please be sure to save the files in .rtf or .doc

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Bryan Lueck at

Aporia Journal of Philosophy: Due April 10th

posted Mar 31, 2011, 1:47 PM by Ben Henke

Aporia is Dartmouth's undergraduate journal of philosophy. We publish issues in
the fall and spring of each year, and distribute our journal at 55 universities
and colleges throughout the nation.

We are seeking submissions of distinguished student work for our spring issue.
Our theme for the issue is personhood and humanism: what traits, if any, are uniquely
and universally shared by all persons? What are the rights and responsibilities
of  persons? How should persons live, learn, and coexist?

Papers need not address the theme. Students of all majors are encouraged to submit
any and all work of philosophical relevance. We are open to essays on Politics,
Literature, History, Psychology, Sociology, etc. All submissions undergo our blind
editing and peer-review process.

The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2011. Please email papers to

Aporia Editorial Staff

Essay Contest: Due April 29th

posted Mar 31, 2011, 1:46 PM by Ben Henke   [ updated Apr 28, 2011, 1:42 PM by Katrina Pritchard ]


It is now time for the Annual
Fred and Virginia Merrill
Essay Competition

You may submit papers in any area of philosophy, including, but not limited to the following:
Aesthetics, Applied Ethics, Epistemology, Ethics, History of Philosophy (any period or
tradition), Metaphysics, Philosophy and Gender, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Law,
Philosophy of Logic or Mathematics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of
Religion, Philosophy of Science, and Social and Political Philosophy.

In recent years, most submissions have been based on papers written for philosophy classes,
but other papers of philosophical relevance are certainly accepted. Successful papers have been
edited to appeal to a general audience, not left as unedited class assignments.

There are two categories, the Short Essay and the Long Essay. Short essays should be no more
than 9 pages, including references. Long essays should be no more than 20 pages, including
references. In both cases, a separate page (not counting towards the total number of words)
containing name and essay title should be added along with your email and a phone number.
Your name should NOT appear in the body of the paper, footnotes or references.

Submit papers to the philosophy Department, 201 Dickens Hall. One finalist and one winner
will be selected for each category. Winners will be given the opportunity to read their papers
in a public ceremony near the start of the Fall Semester. Please direct questions to Amy Lara at

Prizes: First place winners receive 150$ (as a scholarship). The finalists receive 75$ (as a

Eligibility: The contest is open to current KSU undergraduates with no prior undergraduate
degrees. You may submit one paper for each category.

Deadline: April 22nd, 2011 (to qualify, papers must be received at the Philosophy
Department no later than 5 pm on that day).

Call for Papers: Midwest Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

posted Feb 16, 2011, 3:38 PM by Ben Henke

Call for Papers

The 13th Annual
Midwest Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Creighton University
April 8-9, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Barnett

Dr. Barnett is Associate Professor of Philosophy at
the University of Colorado-Boulder. He specializes
in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, and
Metaphysics. Professor Barnett will give the keynote
address entitled “Truth and Counterfactuals.”

Submission Guidelines: Submissions from all interested undergraduates on any philosophical
topic are welcome. Please limit submissions to one paper per student. Papers should be a
maximum of 30 minutes reading time (approximately 10-12 pages double-spaced) and should
include a separate cover sheet with the author’s name, address, school, email address, telephone
number, and an abstract of about 150 words. All submissions should be suitable for blind
review, so no identifying marks (such as the author’s name) are to appear anywhere in the body
of the paper itself. Papers will be blind reviewed by the Conference Program Committee of the
Creighton University Philosophy Club. Selected speakers will be notified on a rolling basis.

Deadline for receipt of papers: Monday, March 7th.
If you use snail mail, be sure to mail your submission well in advance.

Submissions: Papers may be submitted either electronically or via US mail. Please e-
mail electronic submissions in an attached file using Rich Text or MS Word format to Submissions made through regular mail should include a disk
copy (in Rich Text or MS Word format) in addition to a paper copy and should be addressed to
Anthony Schlimgen, Phi Sigma Tau President, Philosophy Department - DHHC 104, Creighton
University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178.

Location: The conference will be held on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha,

For further information (including help with accommodations): Please contact Anthony
Schlimgen at

Guest Lectures: Peter Ludlow

posted Feb 15, 2011, 1:16 PM by Ben Henke

Peter Ludlow is a professor of philosophy at Northwestern University.  He is an influential figure in the philosophy of language and linguistics, epistemology and philosophical logic.

Thursday at 4:00PM in Dickens 203: Lecture "Linguistic Intuitions/Judgements" 
Friday at 3:30PM in Dickens 203: Seminar Discussion " Meaning Underdetermination, Logic, and Vagueness " (copies of the paper available at the Department's Main Office)

Call for Papers: Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference

posted Feb 7, 2011, 12:34 PM by Ben Henke

Call For Papers

The 65th Annual Mountain-Plains

Philosophy Conference

Hosted by: University of Colorado, Denver
October 6-8, 2011
Application deadline: Wed, Jun 15, 2011
Keynote speaker: Mitchell Aboulafia (The Julliard School)

Submissions on any philosophical topic are welcome. Papers should
be no longer than 3000 words, suitable for reading aloud, and
prepared for blind review. All submissions should be made via email
submissions. The paper should be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or .txt
format. Please include the following information as a cover page in a
separate file:

(1) Title of paper
(2) 100-word abstract
(3) Author's name
(4) Author's institutional affiliation
(5) Author's email address
(6) Please indicate whether you would be willing to serve as a commentator should your paper not be accepted.

All submissions must be received by June 15, 2011. 

Send submissions by email to Michael P. Wolf at

Aporia Call for Papers

posted Jan 14, 2011, 2:41 PM by Ben Henke


Aporia is now accepting submissions for the spring 2011 issue.

We welcome well-written undergraduate papers on any philosophical topic. We prefer papers of approximately three to five thousand words. Essays should be original, unpublished, and must not be in submission elsewhere. Authors must be under- graduates during the semester of publication.

We are also soliciting shorter critical notices (fewer than ten pages) responding to ar- ticles in the current and recent issues of Aporia.

Email submissions to by Monday, February 7, 2011.

All submissions must be formatted for blind review: remove all identifying information from your paper and include a cover page stating your name, title of submission, institution, email address, and postal address. Please email your paper and cover sheet as separate documents (we accept .doc(x), .rtf, .wpd, and .pdf formats). Questions or comments may be sent to the editor at the same email address.

Aporia, Department of Philosophy Brigham Young University 4086 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602

For past issues and information about Aporia, visit our website:

Prometheus Online Journal Published

posted Jan 3, 2011, 9:10 AM by Ben Henke

To Whom It May Concern, 

It is with great pleasure that Prometheus announces the publication of the second issue of its online journal for the Fall 2010 semester. The new issue is now live and may be viewed at 

We hope that you enjoy the new issue. At Prometheus, we continue to strive to promote undergraduate philosophical discourse of the highest standard and to encourage openness and debate in the philosophical community. 

We will soon be announcing our next series of events around the Johns Hopkins campus that will help promote these ideals. 

Let us know if you have any comments, questions, criticisms or complaints. 


Shane Steinert-Threlkeld and Cuong Q. Nguyen 

Editors-in-Chief, Prometheus 

Philosophers are smart

posted Dec 17, 2010, 4:35 AM by John Doe

Proof that philosophers are the smartest humanists:

Call for papers and reviewers

posted Dec 15, 2010, 1:33 PM by John Doe   [ updated Dec 15, 2010, 1:35 PM ]

Dear students and professors,

Qualia, Bard College's first undergraduate philosophy journal, is seeking submissions in the hope of producing its spring 2011 issue. We will accept essays on any topic in philosophy. If you know of any students who would be interested in submitting to us, we kindly ask that you forward this letter to them. Qualia's goal is to promote outstanding scholarship in undergraduate philosophy and to give students an opportunity to display their work to others. Reviews are name-blind. The submission deadline is March 1, 2011. Students need not be majoring in philosophy to submit.

Submission guidelines:

Students who wish to submit should send their essay as a .doc attachment to Submissions should be double- spaced in size 12 font and should not exceed 15 pages. To keep reviews anonymous, papers should include--as a separate attachment--a cover page with the paper's title and the author's name, college or university, and email address. The author's name should not appear on any other part of the paper. Papers require a bibliography, and we accept both MLA and Chicago citation styles.

Qualia is also seeking undergraduate reviewers to assist in selecting submissions for its Spring 2011 issue. We ask that professors pass this information along to any students whom they believe would be interested. Requests for an application should be sent to philosophy.bard(at) (the application deadline is March 1).

Kevin Powell

Editor, Qualia

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

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