Long Island High School Philosophy Conference 2015

Date: October 31st, 2015

Location:The Stony Brook School, 1 Chapman Parkway, Stony Brook, NY, 11790

Parking: The Stony Brook School has visitor parking available at the apex of Chapman Parkway near the flag pole in front of Carson Auditorium. If that is full, please park in the large parking lot located on St. Mark’s Ave. and then walk up the steps between Carson Auditorium and Johnston Hall.

Theme: Competing Conceptions of the Good Life


9:30-10:00 – Coffee/Tea Mixer – Carson Auditorium

10:00-11:00 – Concurrent Sessions 1

Session 1A – Carson Auditorium

Mr. Brad Brummeler, Teacher at The Stony Brook School – Logic and Argumentation Workshop

Session 1B – Gaebelein Library

Jeffrey Poomkudy, Student at The Wheatley School – “Augustine and Spinoza: A Dichotomous Approach to the Good Life”

Lauryn Magill, Student at The Stony Brook School – “The Fine-Tuning Argument for God’s Existence”

Session 1C – Gaebelein Room 5

Griffin Tang, Student at Collegiate School

Robert Crystal, Student at Collegiate School – “A Platonic Dialogue on House of Cards”

11:00-12:00 – Concurrent Sessions 2

Session 2A – Carson Auditorium

Dr. Sean Riley, Teacher at The Stony Brook School – Virtues and Vices

Session 2B – Gaebelein Library

Gina Aliberti, Student at Bethpage High School – “Internal v. External Reality”

Kay Chen, Student at The Stony Brook School – “Is the Future Predictable?”

Session 2C – Gaebelein Room 5

Eric Wallach, Student at Collegiate School

Lily Ho, Student at The Stony Brook School – “Gettier Problems”

12:00-1:00 – Lunch Discussion Tables – The Meaning of Life, The Nature of Human Beings, Kant’s Moral Theory, Utilitarianism, Virtue Ethics

1:00-2:00 – Keynote and Panel – Carson Auditorium

 Dr. Todd Buras, Baylor University – The Pursuit of Wisdom

2:00-3:00 – Concurrent Sessions 3

Session 3A – Carson Auditorium

Q&A with keynote speaker – Dr. Todd Buras

Session 3B – Gaebelein Library

Mr. Luke Trouwborst, Teacher at The Stony Brook School – Application of Moral Theories to Modern Ethical Dilemmas

3:00-4:00 – Fishbowl on Competing Conceptions of the Good Life – Carson Auditorium


To register for the conference, click here.

This conference is free of charge thanks to a generous donation by The Squire Family Foundation.

Call for Papers


Proposals on the following topics are now being accepted for papers to be presented at the conference.

  • Analyze the moral theory of Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Mill, or Nietzsche. Your analysis may involve comparing two philosophers’ views, applying that philosopher’s moral theory to a contemporary ethical problem, or critiquing the philosopher’s views. 
  • What is the good life for human beings? What qualities must someone have, what relationships must one cultivate, or what accomplishments must someone make to live life well? Consider picking someone as an exemplar of flourishing to illustrate your views.
  • Open topic – Choose a philosophical topic of your own. Priority will be given to topics on the conference theme – Competing Conceptions of the Good Life – but excellent papers from all fields will be considered.

In addition to paper presentations, students are invited to submit proposals for projects with a philosophical theme.  Posters, videos, 3-D presentations and other innovative projects will be considered.  Students may work in groups on their projects.

Please submit an abstract of your proposed paper or project, no longer than 200 words, to Luke Trouwborst at luke.trouwborst@stonybrookschool.org. The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 15th. Entrants whose abstracts have been selected will be notified by October 22nd.  Submissions will only be accepted from high school students in grades 9-12.

Papers should be tailored for a 10-15 minute presentation and should be a maximum of 7 pages double-spaced.

For more information, contact:

Sean A. Riley, PhD, Academic Dean


The Stony Brook School

1 Chapman Parkway

Stony Brook, NY 11790

Phone: 631-751-1800 x528

Fax: 631-751-3449


Roberta Israeloff


Squire Family Foundation

PO Box 1030

East Northport NY 11731



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