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2018 Undergraduate Philosophy Research Conference & Noēsis launch

Friday April 6, 2018 - Saturday April 7, 2018

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Every year, our department hosts a Philosophy Research Conference for undergraduate students to showcase top work at the university. This year’s conference will feature 15-20 student talks, as well as a keynote presentation by Professor Samantha Brennan of the University of Guelph.

The conference will also involve the launch of the 19th edition of Noēsis and will feature talks by this year’s published authors and the journal’s editorial board.

Events will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days of this two-day conference.


Friday, April 6:

9:15 Opening Remarks.
9:30 Sam Clark, “The Representationalist’s Dilemma”.
10:10 Kirsten Armstrong, “Defending Hume’s Ideal Critics”.
10:50 Josefine Klingspor, “The Role of the Infinite Intellect in Spinoza’s Metaphysics”.
11:20-1:00 Lunch.
1:00 Sarah Ratzlaff: Counter-Monuments and the (Self-) Reflection of the Spectator.
1:40 Agnes Yu. “The Moral Winner Takes All: How Moral Asymmetry Violates the Right to Life of Unjust Combatants”.
2:20 Christopher Hill, “The Two Different Activities of Divine Reason and Human Reason in Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics”.
3:00 Joe Yule, “A Bayesian Approach to Normative Ethical Theory Evaluation”.
3:45 Noesis Volume 19: Launch Event/Author Meet and Greet.

Saturday, April 7:

9:30 Manula Adhihetty, “A Defense of the Rationality of Suicide”.
10:10 Eddy Wang, “The Wedding Bed and the Grave: The Reality of Death in Love”.
10:50 Alexandra Leclair, “On Degree Actualism”.
11:20 Lunch.
12:30 Bella Soblirova, “The Ethics of Donor Siblings.”
1:10 Cindy Do, “The Problem of Forgotten Evidence”.
1:50 Lucas Bennett, “A Theory of Fictional Objects”.
2:30 Ahmed Elahi, “Kant’s Transcendental Deduction: Solving the Crisis of Metaphysics”.
3:30 (Keynote). Prof. Samantha Brennan (University of Guelph), “Parenting, Philosophy, Public Policy, and a Puzzle”.

All events will be held in JHB 100. Attendance is free and open to the public; no registration required. Visit the Facebook event to let us know you’re attending!




Friday April 6, 2018
Saturday April 7, 2018
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Noēsis Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy
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Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100 (Main Floor Lecture Hall)
170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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