Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is an annual, two-day conference held each spring, attracting students from across the country and internationally. Since 1997, more than 1,300 students from over 300 schools have participated in our conference.

These students represent all 50 U.S. states as well as a number of Canadian provinces and several other countries. All of the participants are undergraduate students, with the exception of the annual keynote address by a renowned philosopher. Past keynote speakers have included Paul Churchland, Hilary Putnam, John Searle, Keith Lehrer, Catherine Elgin, John Perry, Hubert Dreyfus, Jerry Fodor, Alvin Plantinga, Cora Diamond, James Sterba, Peter Kivy, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.

19th annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

  • Friday, April 17 through Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • Pacific University — Forest Grove, Ore.
  • Keynote presentation: Daniel Dennett (Tufts University)

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work of undergraduates to their peers.

Submission Guidelines

Papers are required to be of philosophical content, but there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena of philosophical discussion itself. Papers should be approximately 3,000 words (10-12 pages).

Electronic submissions (as Word documents) are required and should be sent to David Boersema at boersema@pacificu.edu. Submissions should include both the paper and an abstract (that is, a 100-200 word summary of the paper).

Submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2015. Final decisions will be made no later than Feb. 20, 2015.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in Volume 6 (2015) of the journal Res Cogitans.

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 17 (Registration and banquet will be in the MPR, in the lower level of Washburn Hall, also called the University Center)
Conference registration 4 to 6 p.m.
Conference banquet 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Live taping of public radio program, "Philosophy Talk" 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (in Warner Hall, Tom Miles Theatre)

Saturday, April 18 (Meals will be in the MPR, in the University Center; all paper sessions, including the keynote will be in Marsh Hall)
Breakfast 7 to 8 a.m.
Conference registration 8 to 9 a.m.
Paper sessions 8 to 11:15 a.m.
Keynote presentation 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Conference luncheon 1 to 2 p.m.
Paper sessions 2 to 6:45 p.m.

A full conference schedule with presentation times and location details is available.


Electronic registration is available. Registration fee: $40. Three meals will be provided to registered attendees: Friday night banquet, Saturday breakfast and lunch. The registration fee can also be paid at the conference. Registration can also be done by sending the registration fee via check (made out to "Pacific University") to:

David Boersema, Department of Philosophy
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove OR 97116.

For further information, contact David Boersema at the address above.