CFP: Compos Mentis

Submission deadline: January 1, 2015

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COMPOS MENTIS: undergraduate journal of cognition and neuroethics

Call for Papers

This is an open call for papers; nonetheless papers submitted should be relevant to cognition and neuroethics broadly understood. Topics can include any of the following, although this is not an exhaustive list:

•         Philosophy of Mind

•         Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or general Science

•         Philosophy of Action (Free Will)

•         Identity

•         Philosophy of Psychology

•         Bioethics, Medical Ethics or Neuroethics

•         Consciousness

•         Mental Phenomena

•         Pain and Suffering

•         Memory, Learning, Belief and Knowledge

Here are just a few of the sorts of questions and ideas that we encourage students to write about:

What is self-identity?  Can you freely alter your own self-identity?   Are there aspects of one’s personal-identity that it would be wrong to alter, eliminate or hide?  If so, why?  What is the proper way to conceptualize pain and suffering?  Is all pain bad?  How do other cultures, presently or historically, conceptualize the mind, belief, knowledge, pain?  How do other cultures conceive of medicine, health and physical and emotional well-being?  What is the proper role of medicine—to eliminate or cure illness or to enhance people (physically, morally, psychologically) to make them “better than well”?  Should all illnesses or diseases be cured—why or why not?  What are the limits (if any) of parental control over the health and well-being of the body and mind of their child?  Do children have the right to determine whether or not they are subjected to medical or psychological treatments?  Are there ever occasions when it is permissible (mandatory?) for third parties to make therapeutic decisions for someone?  What are the social consequences of being regarded as diseased or ill?  How are health, life and death, medicine, physical and mental illness portrayed in art, music, and in literature?

We ask that papers be between 4,000 and 7,000 words in length. Please include with the paper an abstract between 300 and 500 words and up to 10 key words/terms. Submit papers by email as a Word .doc or .docx file prepared for blind review. Include your full contact information in the email only. The purpose of Compos Mentis is to support and encourage the intellectual work of undergraduates, so everything submitted should be the work of undergraduate students only.

All submissions should be sent to the student editor, Thomas Mann: [email protected]

The deadline for paper submissions is January 1, 2015.

Papers accepted will be published in Volume 3, Issue 1 of Compos Mentis: The Undergraduate Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics. For submission formatting requirements, please see the Style Guide on the C.M. web page:

Editorial policies and content decisions for the Compos Mentis: Undergraduate Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics progress by collaboration between the University of Michigan-Flint Philosophy Club, select faculty from the University of Michigan-Flint Philosophy Department, with the guidance of the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics.

The Center for Cognition and Neuroethics promotes both the exploration of the conceptual foundations of the neurosciences and the study of the implications of their advances for society in the legal, political, and ethical realms. The CCN will disseminate this knowledge to as wide an audience as possible through publication, conferences and seminars. We support activities and events involving multiple disciplines and professions that allow opportunities for intellectual synergy and increased impact by creating, fostering and supporting research and educational collaborations and communication, both at the student and professional level.

For additional information about the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics or compos mentis, please see or email faculty advisor Jami L. Anderson, [email protected].

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