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April 24, 3012
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SRU philosophy majors win honors

Adam Benninger a Slippery Rock University philosophy major from Valencia, and Ellis Neilly, a philosophy major from Murrysville, shared honors for their research papers at the 25th Annual Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference.
The conference, which brings together students and faculty from across the state system, was hosted by Kutztown University.
Benninger’s paper, “Buddhism and the Possibility of a Just War” and Neilly’s paper “Metaphysics and Logic” share second place honors. Each student received $75.
“To have two of the top three student papers at this conference is a considerable achievement.  Furthermore, this marks the sixth year in a row in which at least one SRU student has placed in the top three at the conference,” said Bradley Wilson, associate professor of philosophy.
“The conference organizers were very impressed with the number and quality of submissions this year. The fact that eight of the 30 student presentations were by SRU students is a testament to the exceptional abilities of our philosophy students,” said Andrew Colvin, SRU assistant professor of philosophy.
Six other SRU students delivered papers at the conference. They were: Bridgette Powers of East Butler who delivered “Eros as Trickster: Native American Myth Meets Plato” Patrick Conners of Zelienople, “On Happiness: Santideva and Aristotle”; Matt Howryla of Butler, “Proper Names and Dualism”; Jason Wolfe of New Oxford, “Truth as a Refinement of Error”; Garrett Bonfanti of Coraopolis, “The Existential Tendencies of Modern Writers”; and Robert Maxwell Spears of Butler, “Boredom with Others:  A Phenomenological Sense of Boredom.”
Katherine Cooklin, associate professor of philosophy, Tom Sparrow, instructor of philosophy, and Colvin accompanied the students.

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