Waynesburg University graduate published in NCUR journal

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Anthony Cooper, 2013 graduate of Waynesburg University, was recently notified that his research paper, "An Invisible Theorist: Revitalizing the Philosophy of Adam Smith," will be published in the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) conference-specific journal this year.

The former Stover Scholar recently presented the paper, which looks at the moral and economic philosophy of Smith, at the 27th annual NCUR at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.

“Most Americans agree that the country needs change; this paper addresses the question of whether the philosophy of Smith could reshape America,” Cooper said. “A general conclusion is that a proper mixture of morality and community are the prevailing sentiments necessary for the required changes.”

Students who presented at the conference had the opportunity to submit their papers for possible publication. After review by the proceedings board, participants were then selected. The journal is set for release in November 2013.

“This is a huge accomplishment for me, as it is a great feeling to see my hard work manifested in something material,” said Cooper.

Cooper worked closely alongside Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law and director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, to prepare his paper.

“Anthony Cooper's important paper about economist Adam Smith's moral vision will serve as a model of astute scholarship and thoughtful insights for students of all generations,” said Dr. Stratton. “His defense of capitalism from Smith's perspective makes a significant contribution to contemporary economic and political debates. The Stover Center is very proud of his achievements, which will undoubtedly continue.”

Cooper plans to attend Loyola University of Chicago to pursue a two year master's degree in philosophy.

Through the Stover Scholars Program, students have an outstanding chance to understand the U.S. Constitution, to witness the workings of government, to prepare for the responsibilities of leadership and to benefit from a generous scholarship. Although the program focuses on issues related to history, government, politics and policy, it is open to students in every major and can provide a strong preparation for virtually any professional calling.


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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
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