NW Philosophy Conference logo2015 Northwest
Philosophy Conference

North Idaho College / Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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"The Conference by the Lake" / October 9-10, 2015

The Northwest Philosophy Conference is an annual, two-day conference held each fall, attracting philosophers from across the country and abroad. The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work.

67th Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference

  • Friday, Oct. 9 - Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
  • North Idaho College — Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Keynote presentation: Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Emory University: "Why Are the Humanities Deteriorating?"

The NIC Philosophy Department, together with the English and Humanities Division, is honored to have Dr. Bauerlein deliver our keynote address. Bauerlein is Professor of English at Emory University, where he has been teaching since receiving his Ph.D. in English at UCLA in 1989. In addition, Dr. Bauerlein served as Director of the Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment of the Arts from 2003-2005. He is probably most well-known for the Nautilus Award winning 2009 bestseller, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, which the Amazon.com review calls “a startling examination of the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its impact on American culture and democracy."  MORE...


Please use the link to the right to register. ($75 before Sept. 1; $85 Sept. 1 - Oct. 9) 

Submission Guidelines

Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome from both professionals and graduate students. Papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation (about 3000 words, not including material that will not be presented, such as abstract, bibliography, and any footnotes or endnotes). Submissions should be formatted for blind review (only title at top of Page 1) and sent as Word or PDF documents to Ed Kaitz at eekaitz@nic.edu.

In the body of the email, please include paper title, 100- to 200-word abstract, author name, affiliation, status (graduate student or faculty), contact information, and where you heard about the conference. Within two business days, you will receive email confirmation that your paper has been submitted successfully. Papers should be approximately 3,000 words (10-12 pages).

Submission deadline is Sept. 1, 2015. Final decisions will be made no later than Sept. 10, 2015. Those who submit papers before an early Aug. 15 deadline will be notified of their acceptance before Sept. 1.

To facilitate and encourage discussion, paper sessions will have session chairs rather than commentators for individual papers.

Conference Directors

NIC philosophy instructors Ed Kaitz and John Jensen will be serving as conference coordinators. For more information on the 2015 NWPC:

  • Ed Kaitz - eekaitz@nic.edu
  • John Jensen - jdjensen@nic.edu