Students are taking their education outside of the Greene County limits and sharing their academic achievements in other parts of the country. Waynesburg University students not only receive a sound education on campus, but many opportunities to excel beyond these grounds. Anthony Cooper, a senior pre-law major and Stover Scholar, has taken full advantage of the opportunities before him. Cooper will attend a national conference at the University of Wisconsin, La-Crosse, to present a paper he wrote. The conference is a national program to encourage intensive academic research by undergraduates.
The title of the paper is "An Invisible Theorist: Revitalizing the Philosophy of Adam Smith," and looks at the moral and economic philosophy of Smith. Smith wrote two books, one on morality, Theory of Moral Sentiments, and one on capitalism, Wealth of Nations.
“His book on morality tends to be written off or forgotten,” Cooper said. The main goal of the paper is to reintroduce his moral philosophy and prove that there can be an ethical model of capitalism.”
Cooper has 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.
“Mr. Cooper's profound paper strengthens public discourse by elaborating upon capitalism's basis in morality and ethics,” Stratton said. “His research assessed Smith's position in juxtaposition with social theorists Karl Marx, John Rawls and Robert Nozick, among others.”
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.
“Mr. Cooper is an intellectual leader of the Waynesburg University community among his peers and especially in the Stover Scholar program,” Stratton said.
Cooper defines being a Stover Scholar as being paramount to his development both as a scholar and an individual.
“It has provided me with countless opportunities to grow mentally and spiritually, and I cannot thank everyone involved with the program enough.”
Upon graduation, Cooper plans to attend graduate school and achieve a master's degree in philosophy. He hopes to one day teach at the collegiate level as well as earn a Ph.D.
“Because Anthony Cooper's paper is a thoroughgoing model of public discourse which critically examines capitalism from across the ideological spectrum, it was no surprise that his research stood out,” Stratton said.