Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The first annual Princeton-Rutgers Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will take place on March 8th and 9th, 2014 at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. The Conference aims to feature the best undergraduate scholarship in all areas of philosophy. Undergraduate students at all American colleges and universities are welcome to submit papers for consideration.


On March 8th, the conference will feature a conversation between Prof. Stephen Stich from Rutgers University and Prof. Michael Smith from Princeton University on the proper role of intuitions in philosophy. (Note that this is not an overall theme for the conference, and submissions are not confined to questions about intuitions or philosophical methodology.)

Paper specifications

All papers submitted should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Submissions should include both the paper and an abstract of 100-200 words. The best papers will feature significant original scholarship, rather than literature review or exegesis of another author’s argument. Please submit papers before December 15, 2013. We will aim to send decisions to students by January 31, 2014.

Conference format

Each student’s presentation should be between 15 and 20 minutes. This will be followed by commentary from a Princeton or Rutgers graduate student and a period for discussion and QA.