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Great Lakes Philosophy Conference

*Call for Papers*

Great Lakes Philosophy Conference

Ethics in Action

April 3-5, 2020

Adrian, Michigan


Deadline for Submissions: January 1st, 2020

Notification of Acceptance: January 8th, 2020


Any paper that relates to the theme of “Ethics in Action,” broadly construed, will be considered. Topics might include, but are not limited to, trends in ethics, interpersonal ethics, social ethics, ethics within and across disciplines and specialties, the intersection of ethics and politics, applied and professional ethics, metaethics, and ethical theory. 


This year’s conference will also feature a special stream for presentations related to the topic of “The Crisis of American Democracy.” Our hope is to compile a selected number of papers from this special stream and submit them for publication as a collection of conference proceedings. Authors of papers accepted for this special stream will be invited to submit their fully completed papers, following a revision period after the conference, for consideration for inclusion in the publication proposal.  


We hope to have an interdisciplinary event and welcome submissions from undergraduates, graduate students, and professional philosophers, as well as from a range of fields including philosophy, law, public policy, business, medicine, history, religious studies, political science, social science, or related fields. Submissions from active scientists, researchers, or practitioners are also welcome, particularly insofar as those presentations could complement the theme of the conference. We also especially welcome proposals from women and minorities, and are committed to making this year’s conference inclusive and welcoming to all.


**There will be a $100 prize for the best undergraduate paper.**

**There will be a $100 prize for the best graduate student paper.**


To submit a paper for consideration, please submit an extended abstract of up to 500 words. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Please submit abstracts as .doc, .docx, or .pdf, at


Final papers should be suitable for a 20-30 minute presentation. Presentations should aim to be accessible and lively as part of constructive, collaborative, informal sessions.


Keynote Speaker:

Professor Derrick Darby, University of Michigan


The Great Lakes Philosophy Conference is being jointly hosted by Adrian College and Siena Heights University, with generous support from the Institute for Ethics at Adrian College and the Aquinas Forum at Siena Heights University. Send any questions to



 September 24, 2019