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Undergraduate Philosopher takes part in academic conference

Published: 6 June 2014

Third year Philosophy and Maths student Xanthippe Waldron was chosen to present a paper on philosophical perspectives on intellectual property at an academic conference.

She spoke about Locke's theories on the subject at the University of Reading's second Undergraduate Philosophy Conference and answered questions from the other delegates who came from University College London and the London School of Economics.

"The event was run in the same way as a professional academic conference with a call for papers and referees," she explains. "It was good experience to present and discuss my work with fellow students in a formal setting."

Material for the paper came from Xanthippe's dissertation which covers both Locke's and Hegel's views, supervised by Dr Jonathan Way with guidance from PhD student Will Sharkey. Conference organisers told her that many of the undergraduates in the audience said her talk was very useful as they were studying a module in property rights.

She has already secured a graduate job in software engineering after graduation.

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