SLU Student Philosophy Conference

On April 6 and 7, 2013 St. Lawrence students hosted an undergraduate philosophy conference that included talks by students coming from as far west as the University of Buffalo and as far east as St. Michael’s College.
 
The Keynote Address was given by Professor Paul Forster of the Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa at 4:30 in Sykes Formal lounge on Friday April 6.  Professor Forster’s topic was:
 
"Quine on the Misguided Search for Spiritual Comfort in Philosophy"
 
He related responses to W. V. O. Quine’s claim that philosophy is a part of natural science, in contrast to ethics and religious thought, which are not.  The ultimate aim of the talk was to provoke “reflection on the power of philosophical pictures to so captivate the mind as to render philosophers incapable of engaging their opponents in genuine debate.”