SUNY Oneonta News

April 14, 2010



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The SUNY College at Oneonta will present its fifteenth annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, in the Morris Conference Center on campus. The event attracts talented student and faculty speakers from a broad spectrum of colleges and universities throughout North America and beyond. Admission to all presentations in the conference is complimentary, and members of the community are invited to attend.

This year's conference will feature keynote speaker Andrew Light, Director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Dr. Light will speak on the topic of "Finding a Future for Climate Ethics" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center Conference activities will begin in the Craven Lounge at 9 a.m. Friday with sessions titled "Hobbes & Marx: Social & Political Concerns" and "Kant & Nietzsche: Ethical Concerns." Each session will feature papers by two to three students as well as extensive discussion with others.

Throughout the conference, presentations will explore traditional areas of philosophy such as ethics, metaphysics, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of science. Other presenters will explore controversial issues such as "Implications of Facebook on the Human Condition" and "Homosexuality, Post-Modernism, and Marriage in Crisis."

Conference sessions on Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. with panels on "Philosophical Issues in Contemporary Society" and "Philosophy of Language."

This year's program features more than 50 students, representing 31 different institutions in 17 states as well as Canada and Lebanon. Presenters include students from SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick as well as Princeton, Yale, the University of Hawaii, and others. All papers were selected for presentation by blind review.

Four SUNY Oneonta students were selected as presenters: Angela Hotaling, who will speak on "Sellars' Scientific Image and the Absent Individual"; Eian Kantor on "How Should I Live?"; Brian Miller on "Contextually Speaking"; and David Naples on "Homosexuality, Post-Modernism, and Marriage in Crisis." Alan Barton from Hartwick College will present "Wittgenstein, Knowledge, and Gettier Paradoxes." The conference will conclude with an awards banquet on Saturday afternoon. For several years, the proceedings of the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference have been collected and published by Oneonta Philosophy Studies. The conference is sponsored by Oneonta Philosophy Studies, the Philosophy Club, Student Association, and Ninash Foundation.

More information about the conference is available from Distinguished Teaching Professor Dr. Douglas Shrader of the SUNY Oneonta Philosophy Department at (607) 436-2690. A preliminary conference program and abstracts of accepted papers are available at the conference's web site at




For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.

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