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UVU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

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* Interested in presenting a paper at an UNDERGRADUATE PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE or publishing in an UNDERGRADUATE PHILOSOPHY JOURNAL? You should consider it! To see what options are available, both in state and out of state, click here.


• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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Send a 300-word abstract to Dave Newlin at newlinda(at)uvu(dot)edu. Include your name, institution, title of your paper, and phone number. Papers in any philosophical area are welcome.

Deadline: March 17th

Conference: April 8th

Keynote speaker: Charlie Huenemann



  1. Jake Housel says:

    Hi, I just got done submitting a paper to the conference. The title of my paper is, “Why should the state privilege heterosexual monogamy over all other gender arrangements?” I argue for the traditional definition of marriage and how it can unify a society better than can any other household arrangement. I hope I am able to present it, I am excited about this paper. If anyone else would like to read it, I would be happy to send them a copy.


  2. Huenemann says:

    Good for you, Housel! Yes, please send me a copy.


  3. I just got mine in as well. I hope the abstract was clearer to my topic this time. I’ll be exploring a possibility for reconstruction of Derrida’s views of the Other and how to deal with the Other, and doing so through the ideas shown in Plato’s Republic.


  4. Carson Bessinger says:

    I just got my acceptance letter, I will be presenting my paper on bringing Abraham and Isaac into Taoism at the conference.


  5. I just got mine earlier. I’d be glad to give anyone a lift if they would like a carpool or need a ride. I’ll probably need a navigator anyway as I’ve no idea where this will be held or what the campus looks like.


  6. Huenemann says:

    Wow, congrats everybody! I’m really happy to see that so many of you sent in proposals.


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