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Society for Philosophy
and Psychology

minding minds since 1974


The Society for Philosophy and Psychology is the premier scientific and educational organization for philosophically interested psychologists and psychologically interested philosophers in North America. The purpose of the SPP is to promote interaction between philosophers, psychologists and other cognitive scientists on issues of common concern.

The SPP held its first meeting October 24-26, 1974 at MIT. It met for a second time Spring 1976 at Cornell University. At this second meeting, conferees passed a constitution and elected officers. Jerry Fodor, then of MIT, was the first SPP president. The SPP prides itself on holding small meetings with significant interaction between participants and a highly selective review process for contributed papers.

The SPP is a IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization.

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Annual Meeting

The 2025 meeting of the SPP will be held at Cornell University.

More information about this year's meeting is available on the meetings page.

Questions about the meeting should be directed to the conference organizers.

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Membership in the Society for Philosophy and Psychology is open to anyone interested in joining. Annual membership dues are $60.00 per year for faculty, $40.00 for post-docs and others with limited income, and $25.00 for students. There is also a Lifetime Membership option for $1000.00. Members are entitled to vote on all issues at the annual business meeting (including election of officers) and are automatically added to the SPP e-mail list servers.

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Each year the SPP awards three prizes at its annual meeting.

The 2024 Stanton Prize was awarded to Tobias Gerstenberg (Department Psychology, Stanford University).

The recipient of the 2024 William James Prize was Tal Boger (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University).

The 2024 Poster Prize was awarded to Nathaniel Braswell (Department of Psychology, Yale University), Chaz Firestone (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University), and Nicolò Cesana-Arlotti (Department of Psychology, Yale University).

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Officers and Constitution

The SPP elects officers and Executive Committee members at its annual business meeting. The President serves a one year term, and also serves as President-elect and Past President (ex officio positions on the Executive Committee) in the years before and after she or he presides. The President appoints Program Co-Chairs for the annual meeting of the year she or he presides. The Secretary-Treasurer serves a three-year term, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the SPP. Executive Committee members serve three-year terms, on a rotational basis. The SPP makes every reasonable effort to keep an equal number of philosophers and scientists on the Executive Committee every year, to have both a philosopher and a scientist as yearly Program Co-Chairs, and to alternate the President yearly between philosophers and scientists.

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The SPP welcomes inquiries about its activities. Address correspondence to the Secretary-Treasurer:

Roman Feiman
Cognitive Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
Brown University
Box 1821
Metcalf Research Building
190 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02912

Inqueries about the website and other SPP communications can be addressed to the Director of Communications:

Brian Leahy

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