The Philosophy Club's Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Now in its second year, Emmanuel hosts an Undergraduate Philosophy Conference for students across the region and beyond. Sponsored by the College’s own Philosophy Club, the conference is an opportunity for students to showcase research and coursework spanning an array of subjects among academic peers and professors.

The conference receives and reviews submissions from regional, national and international students, and all accepted papers are presented during 45-minute sessions, which include a reading/presentation of the paper and a short question and answer period.

This year's conference will take place on Saturday, April 13th, and will feature a variety of presentations by undergraduate students from across the northeast and a keynote address from UMass Boston's Dr. Lawrence Blum.   

Below are details pertaining to the conference schedule and submission guidelines, as well as information about the speaker.

Conference Schedule - April 13, 2019

9:55 am
Introduction and Breakfast  Fenway Room
10:40 am
Kurzweil's Wager Camus in the Age of Quasi-lmmortality.
-Noah Valdez (Boston College) 
ADM 432
A Response to Quine Defending Analyticity
-Brandon Fitzpatrick (Emmanuel College) 
ADM 332
11:25 am
Nietzsche. Mill, & the Decline of Formal Education
-Michael Legere (Emmanuel College)
ADM 432
Production & Relation An Essay on Marxist Contradiction
-David Dematteo (Reed University) 
ADM 332
11:30 am-
12:10 pm
Insufficient Similarity A Criticism of William Paley's Watchmaker
-Charlotte Sulick (Emmanuel College) 
ADM 432
Weak Formalism and Compatibility:
Philosophical Context of Mathematics from Hilbert to Turing
-Artem Gureev (Boston University)
ADM 332
1:30 pm 
2:15 pm
The Rise of Masculinist Ideology in the West & the Distortion of Material Reality
-Katherine Connors (Fordham University)
ADM 432
Justifying Prison Breaks as Civil Disobedience
-Isaac Shur (Northeastern University)
ADM 332
3:00 pm
An Appeal to Heaven Without Bringing the Wrath of God
-Katie Samalis (Assumption College) 
ADM 432
Desire's Pleasure - Peter Klapes (Boston College) ADM 332
3:45 pm
MetaPolitical Philosophy:
A Reexamination of Political Philosophy & the Left-Right Political Spectrum
-Chris Beaudry (Salem State University)
ADM 432
Towards a Marxist Theory of Art, Aesthetics, and Culture
-Cameron West (Emmanuel College)
ADM 332
5:10 pm
How Philosophy Helps Us Understand Race, Ethnicity, & Identity
-Lawrence Blum Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts Boston)
Fenway Room
6:00 pm
Final Reception for Conference Participants Fenway Room

Dr. Lawrence Blum

Dr.BlumDr. Lawrence Blum is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy & Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts & Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the author of five books, including the popular High Schools, Race, and America's Future: What Students Can Teach Us About Morality, Diversity, and Community, as well as various other articles. Dr. Blum received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974. His academic focus primarily includes philosophy of race and moral philosophy, the former of which will encompass his April 13 address.

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be 3,000 words and suitable for a 20-minute presentation. Submissions must also include a 200-word abstract and contact information.

To learn more about submission guidelines, please contact the Philosophy Club at

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