SUNY Oneonta

Department of Philosophy
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SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820-4015

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Children of Athena


On April 3-4, 1998 SUNY-Oneonta hosted its Third Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Response to the call for papers, which was mailed out and posted on the world wide web in late fall, was exceptionally strong. To ensure both impartiality and high standards, all submissions were subject to extensive blind review.

The result was a truly impressive set of thirty presentations by students from twenty institutions: Adelphi University, Alfred University, American University, Clark Univeristy, Fordham University, George Washington University, Hunter College, Marymount University, Nazareth College, SUNY-Buffalo, SUNY-Oneonta, Syracuse University, Taylor University, United States Military Academy, University of New Hampshire, Vassar College, Wheaton College, College of William and Mary, Xavier University, and Yale.

On Friday, Gary Hardcastle of Virginia Tech conducted "a semi-silly, semi-serious illustration of various themes in analytic philosophy in the century (e.g. verificationism, semantic holism, the role of human reasoning) by way of skits presented by the British comedy troupe Monty Python." The presentation, punctuated by videoclips, was titled: Contemporary Analytic Philosophy as Reflected in the Work of Monty Python.

On Saturday, Jere Paul Surber of the University of Denver examined the accomplishments and shortcomings of twentieth century culture in a keynote address titled: When Artists Read Philosophers: From Modernism to Postmodernism.

President's Awards honor student presentations which most clearly exemplify the standards and ideals of the
conference. For 1998, these awards were presented to (alphabetic order):

Daniel Bristol (SUNY Oneonta)
Kevin Goetz (SUNY Oneonta)
John Hartmann (Alfred University)
Litia Perta (Vassar College)
Amanda Joy Schwarz (SUNY Oneonta)
Clinton Tolley (Wheaton College)

Ninash Foundation East-West Awards honor student presentations that exhibit special expertise and insight in Asian and Comparative Philosophy. For 1998, these awards were presented to (alphabetic order):

Daniel Bristol (SUNY Oneonta)
Meghan Tadel (George Washington University)

To share the excitement of the conference and encourage even higher standards of academic excellence for future events, Oneonta Philosophy Studies, published the twelve best student papers, together with the two addresses, in a volume titled Children of Athena .

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