Hiram College

“Lessons from Levinas: ‘The Other’ in Being and Time,” by senior Alex Strub was selected for inclusion in the program of the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in Forest Grove, Ore, April 21-22. Strub’s senior seminar paper explores the philosophical debate concerning the ethics of Being and Time, where ‘ethics’ is understood in Levinasian terms of responsibility to ‘the other.’ Ultimately, Strub’s paper argues that Heidegger’s account of authenticity should be understood as a secularized version of Levinas’ account of the ethical, despite differences between the two.

“As a philosophy professor, this is certainly one of the most rewarding moments. Alex and I worked hard to refine what was already a quality paper that he wrote for my seminar on Heidegger’s Being and Time, and I am genuinely proud to see his paper accepted for an undergraduate conference and for him to receive funding from the Mellon Grant to participate in the conference,” says Megan Altman, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy. “I know from my own experience how great it feels to have external readers approve your work. Alex was excited to see how far a philosophy paper could take him — in this case from Ohio to Oregon.”

The Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is an annual, two-day conference that attracts students from across the globe. Since 1997, more than 1,400 students from about 350 schools have participated in the conference. This year’s keynote speaker is Alva Noë, professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information, please visit the conference website .