Student Activities & Awards

Our students participate in the philosophical community in a myriad of ways. Feel free to browse the conferences and presentations in which they are participating, as well as awards and scholarships they are winning.

Participation in the Philosophical Community

  • Two M.A. students presented their papers at the 2015 Northwest Philosophy Conference at North Idaho College. The two papers are titled, "Bold Naturalism: Confronting the Problem of Intentionality," and "Retriev ing the Philosophical Way of Life."
  • An M.A. student gave a co-authored presentation, "Sensing Synesthesia: A Philosophical View of the Senses and Synesthesia," at the National Conference of the American Synesthesia Association in Miami, Florida.
  • An M.A. student presented her paper, "The Pitfalls of Contempt in Liberatory Struggles," at the 8th Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress at CU Boulder.
  • An M.A. student presented his paper, "The Instrumental Extents of Moral Enhancement," at the Montreal Neuroethics Conference for Young Researchers at l’Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal.
  • An M.A. student presented his paper, "How the Representation Consumer Determines Representational Content," at the Long Island Philosophical Society Spring 2015 Conference at St. John’s University.
  • M.A. graduate Ryan C. Fowler, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Classics at Franklin & Marshall College, published an edited volume, Plato in the Third Sophistic, and has a translation, The Imperial Plato.
  • An M.A. student presented his paper, “Rectification of Historic Injustice: Supersession and Dignity Restoration,” at the 11th Annual Intermountian West Student Philosophy Conference at the University of Utah.  He also presented another paper, “Beyond the Dilemma of Desire Satisfaction,” at the 65th Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference at Pacific University. This latter paper was selected to be included in an edited anthology, Dimensions of Moral Agency, ed. David Boersema, Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • An M.A. student's paper, "Discursive Sub-communities and Kantian Judgments of Taste," was presented at Georgia State University's 11th Annual Student Philosophy Symposium.
  • An M.A. student presented his paper "Virtue as the Skill of Living: Inducing the 'Good Flow'" at the 2014 Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, "Philosophy, Virtue, and Personhood" at Loyola University Chicago.
  • An M.A. student presented his paper "The Meaning of Personal and Subpersonal States" at the Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Philosophy Conference.
  • An M.A. student presented her paper "Creating the Self: Social Media and the Aesthetics of the Self" at the Weber Graduate Conference at San Diego State University.
  • An M.A. student presented his paper "The Place of Health in the Liberal Theory of Justice" at the late September '13 Second Annual Conference on Medical Humanities at Western Michigan University.
  • An M.A. student had her paper ‘Doxastic Attitudes Governed by a Principle of Coherence’, accepted at numerous conferences, including the Trinity College (Ireland) Graduate Student Conference, the North Carolina Philosophical Society Meeting, the Tenth Annual Intermountain West Student Philosophy Conference, and the Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Annual Graduate Student Philosophy Conference. Travel was funded in part by SF State IRA Student Travel Awards.
  • An M.A. student presented her paper, "Are the 'Bad' Things We Do Conventional?" at the 64th Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference. She also presented a paper at the 9th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication: Perceptions and Concepts, in Riga, Latvia. She won an SF State IRA Student Travel Award to fund her trip.
  • A first year M.A. student presented his paper on Biological Enhancement, written for the required PHIL 715 Philosophical Writing course, at the 6th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference: Bioethics at SUNY Albany.
  • An M.A. student published her co-authored paper “The seeming stability of the unconscious homunculus” in Sistemi Intelligenti. She also presented two posters at the Annual Convention of the Society for Cognitive Neuroscience, after presenting one at that same conference the previous year, and she presented three posters at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science.
  • An M.A. student presented his paper, “A Feminist Critique of Human Nature Essentialism,” at the Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Philosophy Conference.
  • While an M.A. student at SF State, a graduate published his paper, “Quine's Behaviorism and Linguistic Meaning: Why Quine's Behaviorism is not Illicit” in Philosophia. Also while an M.A. student, his paper “Consciousness, Other Minds, and Naturalizing the Mind” won an essay prize at the International Graduate Conference at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, which paid his travel to present the paper in Germany. He currently is in a doctoral program where he is co-authoring publications with a faculty member.
  • While an M.A. student at SF State, a graduate published her research on prejudice against singles. Her research garnered her acknowledgment on the website “Psychology today” as “one of the leaders of the up-and-coming generation of singles activists and thinkers.” She also presented a paper at the Pacific Division meeting of the Society for Women in Philosophy.
  • Two students presented papers at the Western Michigan Medical Humanities Conference: "Evidence and Personhood within Medicine" and "The Place of Health in the Liberal Theory of Justice".
  • An M.A, student presented her paper, "Zhi 智 (Wisdom) as a Metacognitive Virtue in the Mengzi" at the 2013 Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought, as wll as the group session of the International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy at the 2014 Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association.
  • An M.A. student presented his paper "Exemplars and Saints: A Virtue Ethical Response to Moral Saints Problems" at a colloquium session at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in San Diego in 2014.

Student Awards

  • Three Philosophy M.A. 2013/14 graduates received the SF State Graduate Student Awards for Distinguished Achievement.
  • A graduate student received the 2013-2014 Kennedy-King Memorial Graduate Scholarship.
  • A graduate (M.A. Philosophy '12) in her first year as a philosophy doctoral student won a prestigious Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. She acquired skills in fellowship application at SF State as a CSU Casanova Predoctoral Fellow.
  • An M.A. student was accepted to Penn State's Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy program.
  • A graduate M.A. student worked alongside Joshua Knobe at Yale University, assisting with the ongoing research in the Experimental Philosophy Lab and undertaking a project of his own related to his interests in metaethics. The student started in the Brown University Philosophy doctoral program.
  • An M.A. Student received the Scholar of the Year Award (awarded by the SFSU Alumni Association), The Gloria Spencer Scholarship from the University Women's Association, the Edward B. Kaufmann Graduate Scholarship (twice), the Associated Students Scholarship, the Critical Language Scholarship for Chinese, the Judith Anne Ott Scholarship, the Vincent Constantino University Scholarship, and a Sally Casanova Scholarship.
  • In 2012/13, three philosophy M.A. students benefitted from CSU system-wide Casanova Predoctoral Fellowships. In 2011/12 two philosophy M.A. students held this Fellowship.
  • Three Philosophy M.A. 2012/13 graduates received SF State Graduate Student Awards for Distinguished Achievement, as did three Philosophy M.A. 2011/12 graduates.