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Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

  • Insight Institute of Neurosurgery & Neuroscience (IINN) 4800 Saginaw Street Flint, MI, 48507 United States

Call for Papers

February 28, 2020

We believe that dialogue among people of diverse backgrounds and interests is the most effective means to refining one’s ideas, and we want undergraduate students to have the opportunity to engage with one another towards this end. Papers on any topic of philosophy are welcome. If accepted to present at the MUPC, papers must be tailored to fit a 20-minute presentation window. After the presentation, there will be a 20-minute question and answer session. The purpose of this format is to encourage live dialogue between undergraduates with different backgrounds and training in the philosophical discipline. We encourage traditional philosophical treatments of these topics as well as papers using an interdisciplinary approach.

Only currently enrolled undergraduates are eligible to submit their academic work for consideration and inclusion in the MUPC. No work from graduate students will be considered, even if the work was written during their undergraduate career. This policy ensures that undergraduate students with comparable levels of training are given the opportunity to help support and educate one another in their areas of interest.

The annual Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is organized exclusively by students affiliated with the University of Michigan-Flint Philosophy department, with the guidance of the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics.

For further information, contact student editor Alana Petsch by emailing


Conference Issue
An issue of Compos Mentis: The Undergraduate Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics (ISSN: 2330-0264) will be dedicated to papers presented at the 8th Annual 2020 Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

The conference issue of Compos Mentis is intended to be a counterpart to the presentation experience, serving as an outlet for students’ fully developed work. Papers presented as talks at the annual Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (MUPC) are eligible to be submitted and reviewed for publication in the May/June issue of Compos Mentis. Before submitting papers for publication in the conference issue, presenters are asked to thoroughly revise their papers in light of any comments, questions, objections, or criticism that conference participants offer regarding their presentation. The purpose of this format is to emphasize the importance of the critical process of writing a philosophical article, rather than merely displaying the paper as it is initially submitted.

The conference issue of the Compos Mentis journal is entirely managed by undergraduate students affiliated with the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint. To support the intellectual education of undergraduates, Compos Mentis does not charge authors publications fees. Accessing all Compos Mentis publications is free and open to the public.

Mandatory Submission Formatting Requirements
Submitted papers must be in strict conformity with the CCN Formatting Requirements. Citations must exactly replicate the formatting as exemplified on the CCN Formatting Requirements page. We require that papers be between 4,000 and 7,000 words in length. Include with the paper an abstract no more than 300 words and up to 10 key words/terms. Articles submitted to Compos Mentis must use the Chicago Manual of Style author-date system. In this system, in-text citations are parenthetical (not footnoted as it would be in notes-bibliography) and include the author's last name and the year of publication, and the page or page-range: e.g., (Williams 1995), (Smith 1992, 45–47), (Williams 1995, 80; Smith 1992). Citations are assembled on a references page (the references page also takes the Chicago author-date style, not Chicago notes-bibliography style, and not MLA works cited).


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