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Two Philosophy Majors to Present Papers at the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Congratulations to philosophy majors Madeline Hass and Emma Link for having been selected from among thousands of applicants to present their philosophical research at the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), to be held at the University of Central Oklahoma April 4-7!

In her essay, "Death in the Context of Indefinitely Extended Life", Madeline Hass argues that if science succeeds in indefinitely extending lifespans (and so ensures that death will occur either accidentally or by suicide), this will increase "the basis for rationality in the choice of suicide." Emma Link's paper, "Rape: An Investigation into Consciousness, Identity, and Harm”, is based on research supported by a Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant from the Office of Student Research and Creative Activity. In it, Emma argues that even if being sexually assaulted while unconscious (due to the administration of certain drugs) allows the survivor to avoid the extreme trauma of having consciously experienced the crime, drug-facilitated sexual assaults have their own profound, identity-affecting harmful effects that plausibly make them at least as morally wrong as assaults that the survivor consciously experiences.

In these papers, Madeline and Emma exemplify the sort of creative and critical reasoning that the philosophy department hopes to help all of our students develop. We wish them continued success.

by Herzberg, Larry A last modified Feb 03, 2018 05:31 PM