At the 19th Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in Forest Grove, Oregon on April 17-18, 2015, Melanie Stankus presented a paper titled, "Dennett's Intentional Strategy Applied to Animals." In her paper, she applied Daniel Dennett's intentional system approach, which proposes that we could predict the behavior of an intentional system via beliefs and desires that system ought to have, to non-human animals. She argued that the intentional strategy works better on animals because it is in the nature of animals to make survival their highest desire and then form beliefs to secure this desire. Humans, on the other hand, form beliefs about the world (which can vary greatly!), and these beliefs form their desires (which, consequently, can vary greatly as well).
Melanie's paper was selected for publication in Res Cogitans, the online journal that Pacific University runs in order to publish the best conference papers. (http://commons.pacificu.edu/rescogitans/). Only about 20 of the nearly 100 papers presented at the conference each year are selected. In 2014, Hannah Hicks' paper, titled "The Epistemic Value of Live Fiction: A Dramatic Response to the Question of Knowledge" was also published.
The following Philosophy & Religious Studies majors had their research papers accepted for presentation at the 19th annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, April 17-18, 2015, Forest Grove, Oregon. They are Randeep Chauhan, "the Gift of Life" and Melanie Stankus, "Dennett's Intentional Strategy Applied to Animals".
Melanie Stankus' paper titled "Would Not Existing Put a Limitation On the Idea of Infinity?" has been accepted for presentation at Eastern Michigan University's Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy, to be held at EMU (Ypsilanti, Michigan) in early March 2015. Melanie originally wrote the paper for PHIL 353 with Dr. Gary Bartlett in Winter 2014. The paper investigates Rene Descartes' version of the famous 'ontological argument' for the existence of God.
The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will hold a end-of-the-year barbecue on Thursday,2015 Distinguished Professor Of Service - Dr. Cynthia Coe
The designation of Distinguished Professor is the highest award attainable at Central Washington UniColloquium - Dr. Michael Fletcher, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 5:00 PM, Black 152
On Wednesday, May 13 at 5:00 PM in Black 152, Dr. Michael Fletcher will give a talk titled: “The I