ONEONTA, N.Y. -- SUNY Oneonta students will deliver presentations on a range of culturally urgent topics, from the ethics of gay marriage to neuroscience, at the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30. The annual event, now in its 16th year, will take place at the Morris Conference Center on the college’s campus.
Along with presenters from SUNY Oneonta, the conference will host presenters from universities such as Boston College, University of Hawaii and the University of Toronto. The program also will feature two keynote speakers.
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Noël Carroll of the CUNY Graduate Center will talk about the philosophy of humor in “Comic Amusement, Emotion, and Cognition” at 7:30 on Friday. Dr. Carroll has published extensively on film and the philosophy of film, the philosophy of the emotions, and aesthetics. Dr. Carroll has edited or co-edited six books and many articles on these topics.
At 12 p.m. on Saturday, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Montana State University Sara Waller will deliver “How Should Science Study the Animal Mind?” Dr. Waller’s areas of specialization include the philosophy of mind, neurology and language, epistemology, 20th Century analytic philosophy, the philosophy of psychology, and the philosophy of science.
Admission to all conference presentations is complimentary, and members of the community are invited to attend. Additional information about the event, including a complete program, is available at www.oneonta.edu/pc.