Annual Philosophy Conference Hosts Speaker March 30

March 26, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University will host the 4th annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference March 30-31. Kicking off the event will be keynote speaker John Heil, who will offer a talk on "The Myth of Multiple Realizability," at 4 p.m. Friday, March 30 in the second floor of the Hansen Student Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

Heil, a professor of philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, has done extensive research on metaphysics-the philosophy of the mind-and epistemology. He has written several works on the subject, including From an Ontological Point of View and the textbook Philosophy of the Mind: A Guide and Anthology.

A graduate of Randolph Macon College in Virginia, Heil earned his doctorate from Vanderbilt University.  He has worked and done research for Brown University, the University of Rochester, Cornell University and the University of California at Berkeley.  After teaching as the Paul B. Freeland Professor of Philosophy at Davidson College from for 17 years, he joined the faculty of Washington University in 2004.

The two-day conference will also feature the presentation of undergraduate papers from various schools across several states.

Three members of the Illinois Wesleyan Philosophy Club initiated the conference four years ago.  Most conferences focus on the work of graduate students, so the Club members decided an event geared toward the work of undergraduates was needed.

For additional information regarding the Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, contact the Philosophy Department at (309) 556-3313.

 Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3792