Two issues of compos mentis: Undergraduate Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics (ISSN: 2330-0264) are published every year. The January/February issue publishes articles written by undergraduate students affiliated with any institution in the world. The May/June issue publishes undergraduate papers that were presented as talks as part of the annual Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (MUPC). MUPC is organized by the University of Michigan-Flint Philosophy Club, and is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan-Flint Philosophy Department and the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics. The journal seeks to promote and showcase undergraduate philosophical works that address the philosophical significance of issues in the areas of cognition, neuroscience, neuropsychology, bio-, medical- and neuroethics, as well as the social, political, and legal implications of such matters. We encourage traditional philosophical treatments of these topics as well as papers using an interdisciplinary approach.

 

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
  • Consciousness
  • 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?

 

Submissions

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 is to support and encourage the intellectual work of undergraduates, so everything submitted should be the work of undergraduate students only.

The deadline for paper submission is March 31, 2018.

Papers accepted will be published in the open issue of compos mentis: The Undergraduate Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics. For questions concerning publication format, please see the CCN Style Guide.