Students from the Department of Philosophy in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University will host the WVU Undergraduate Student Philosophy Conference Friday and Saturday, April 4-5.
Keynote speakers are Hud Hudson from Western Washington University, who will speak aboutOmnipresence,and Andrew Cullison from SUNY Fredonia, who will discussEpistemic Circularity.
Epistemic circularity is the act of using your own resources to reach a conclusion, such as drawing on your perceptions and background to answer the question:What is Knowledge?
Hudson specializes in metaphysics, the history of modern philosophy and the theories of Immanuel Kant. His books includeThe Metaphysics of Hyperspace,A Material Metaphysics of the Human PersonandKants Compatibilism.
Cullison specializes in epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. He was a visiting professor at WVU last year.
WVU students Raquel Spencer, Justin Snedegar, Jeff Mahaney, Brandon DeMatteis and Alex Lastinger are the chief organizers of the conference.
Last year, undergraduate philosophy students put together this conference for the first time, and it was one of my proudest moments in 17 years as a faculty member at WVU ,said Sharon Ryan, philosophy chair.