Report: Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Posted below, and in acknowledgement of the contributions of the listed participants, you will find the full schedule from this past Saturday's Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, held at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA:

GPPC Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Ursinus College, February 26, 2011

9:00–10:00 - Olin Hall atrium and Olin 104
Continental breakfast and opening remarks


Olin 103

    Speaker: Katherine Gilkeson (Saint Joseph’s University) “A Comparison of Aristotle and His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Why Does the Happy Person Need Friends?” Commentator: Alexander Spaul (Wesley College) Chair: Karen Levandoski (Ursinus College)
Olin 107
    Speaker: Will Davis (West Chester University) “Causation and Explanation Given in Aristotle’s Physics” Commentator: Stephen Brown (University of Pennsylvania) Chair: Ian Dykstra (Ursinus College)

Olin 103

    Speaker: Michael Bagwell (West Chester University) “eXistenZ and Enframing” Commentator: Jinad Blake (Wesley College) Chair: Katherine Sepulveda (Bryn Mawr College)
Olin 107
    Speaker: Cristina Morais (Haverford College) “The Problem of Housework in a Capitalist Society” Commentator: Matthew Whitworth (Drexel University) Chair: Taylor Harvey (Wesley College)
Olin 102
    Speaker: Eian Kantor (SUNY Oneonta) “Modal Fictionalism: An Attempt at Solving the Problems of Lewisian Modal Realism” Commentator: Paul Rossman (Ursinus College) Chair: Kevin Zaia (Wesley College)

12:00–1:00 - Lunch provided in Wismer Dining Hall (across from Olin)


Olin 103

    Speaker: Veronica Perry (Ursinus College) “The Need for Collaboration between Nurses and Doctors in the Hospital Setting” Commentator: Jenna Polligo (Ursinus College) Chair: Gabriel Fernandez (Wesley College)
Olin 107
    Speaker: Alisa Melekhina (Drexel University) “Teleology of Teleology” Commentator: Christopher Kady (Wesley College) Chair: John Moriarty (Ursinus College)


Olin 103

    Speaker: Katherine Sepulveda (Bryn Mawr College) “In and Not of the World: Reduction as an Activity of Theoria and Thaumazein” Commentator: Alex Niedmann (Ursinus College) Chair: Eian Kantor (SUNY Oneonta)
Olin 107
    Speaker: Jacob Zoghlin (Haverford College) “Education: A Mechanism for the Application of Rawls’ Ideal Theory, Clarifying How Justice as Fairness Satisfies the Roles of Political Philosophy” Commentator: Jay Fetterolf (Ursinus College) Chair: Michael Padilla (Haverford College)
3:00–3:30 - Olin 104
Reception and closing remarks