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May 2, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU philosophy students take honors

Two Slippery Rock University philosophy majors were awarded honors for their research papers at the 26th Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Jared Figel, a senior history and philosophy major from Mars, received first place and $175 for his paper, “A Critical Response to Richard Swinburne,” and Benjamin Zeiger, a junior psychology and philosophy major from New Castle, received a third-place honor and $75 for his paper “God and Forgiveness: A Critique.”

The conference, hosted by Edinboro University, brought together students and faculty from across the state.

SRU students Jason Wolfe, a philosophy major from New Oxford, presented his paper “Is God an Atheist?” and Patrick Conners, a senior English and philosophy major from Zelienople, presented his paper “Blameworthiness.”

“The continued success of our students at the PASSHE conference is a source of pride for our department,” said Brad Wilson, SRU philosophy professor and department chair. “It is very gratifying to us to see our students recognized for their research efforts.”

Richard Findler, professor of philosophy, Andrew Colvin, assistant professor of philosophy, and Tom Sparrow, instructor of philosophy, accompanied the students.

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