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Society for Philosophy
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Annual Meeting

The SPP sponsors an annual meeting, usually held in June. Meetings consist of invited lectures and symposia, contributed papers, and a Presidential address. Social events include a receptions and lunch meetings. SPP encourages suggestions for the invited portion of the program for upcoming meetings. These should be directed to this year's Program Chairs. We encourage philosophers, psychologists, and cognitive scientists more broadly to submit contributed papers to the meeting.

Diversity Initiatives

The SPP Diversity Committee holds sessions at the annual meeting. In addition, in 2011 there was a meeting, chaired by Valerie Tiberius and Carrie Figdor, regarding the APA-funded project to use SPP expertise to begin experimentally Studying the Gender Gap in Philosophy. The resulting report is was published in Hypatia in 2012, Volume 27 (4):949-957. SPP is also now offering a number of travel awards for graduate students to encourage diversity.

Past Meetings


43. 2017, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

42. 2016, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

41. 2015, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

40. 2014, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

39. 2013, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

38. 2012, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

37. 2011 Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Canada (in conjunction with the ESPP)

36. 2010 Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon

35. 2009 Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

34. 2008 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

33. 2007 York University, Toronto, Canada

32. 2006 Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri

31. 2005 Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

30. 2004 Barcelona, Spain (in conjunction with the ESPP)

29. 2003 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

28. 2002 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

27. 2001 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

26. 2000 Barnard College and Columbia University, New York, New York

25. 1999 Stanford University, Stanford, California

24. 1998 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

23. 1997 New School For Social Research, Manhattan, New York

22. 1996 San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

21. 1995 State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York

20. 1994 University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

19. 1993 Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

18. 1992 McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

17. 1991 San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

16. 1990 University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

15. 1989 University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

14. 1988 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

13. 1987 University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California

12. 1986 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

11. 1985 University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

10 . 1984 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

09. 1983 Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

08. 1982 University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

07. 1981 University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

06. 1980 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

05. 1979 New York University Medical Center, New York, New York

04. 1978 Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

03. 1977 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

02. 1976* Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

01. 1974* Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

* As a result of moving meeting time from fall to spring, no meeting was held between fall 1974 and spring 1976.

44th Annual Meeting, 2018

The next meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology will be held on July 11-14, 2018 on the campus of University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. There will be a preconference on July 11 sponsored by Dan Haybron.

Hope to see you in Ann Arbor!


Registration for the conference is now open.

All attendees except for Lifetime Members of SPP must pay both for conference registration and membership dues.

Attendees may also choose to buy tickets to attend the following events:

  • Pre-conference Workshop on Well-Being, Wednesday 11 July.
  • Women's Lunch, Thursday 12 July.
  • Conference Banquet & Presidential Address.

Women's Lunch

Join us for the first ever Women's Lunch at SPP2018! SPP presents a perfect opportunity to bring women together from all career stages in Psychology and Philosophy to discuss professional obstacles that face women in both fields.

Louise Antony will distribute information about a mentoring program in Philosophy, Kiley Hamlin will present contemporary issues facing women in Psychology, and Valerie Tiberius and Susan Gelman will facilitate the discussion. As a group, we are very interested in hearing from women coming up in the fields of philosophy and psychology, discussing issues that need attention, and fostering cross-talk among women in both disciplines.

Please join us on Thursday for lunch! All women scholars welcome! To sign up, please use the registration link, click on TICKETS and select the Women's Lunch for $15.


We have two lodging options available through SPP.

1. The Graduate Hotel is located about 3 blocks (.2 miles) from the conference site. We are getting an early bird rate until June 4 ($199 per night). You can book a room here. Or you can call the Graduate Hotel reservations department at 800-666-8693 or the front desk at 734-769-2200. Please tell them you are with SPP to secure the early bird rate.

2. Couzen's Dormitory is located about 6 blocks (.4 miles) from the conference site. Rooms are $59.75 per night for a single room, plus a 10% facility use fee. A single room includes one twin xl bed, dresser, desk, closet and floor shared hallway bath facility. Click here. Guests will need to create a login and password to access the system. Payment via credit card is due in full at time of booking. The online system is only accepting reservations for Wednesday, July 11 to Saturday, July 14. If a guest wants to add Saturday night to their reservation, they'll need to contact Kaitlyn Devergilio and request that Saturday night is added to their reservation. Please make sure to provide Kaitlyn with the name you used when making your reservation and state that you are part of SPP. After Kaitlyn adjusts your reservation, you will need to log back into your account (the same link as above) and pay the difference.

3. Hyatt Place Ann Arbor is about 3 miles from the conference site and it runs free shuttles to campus. (Please call to reserve a shuttle a few days in advance.) Hyatt Place is giving us a special rate of $139 - but only for Tuesday 10 July. The special rate will last until June 11. You can book for Tuesday 10 July here. Or you can call Hyatt Place at (734) 995-1234, and ask for the SPP 2018 room block or use code G-SPP8. Please note the rate of $139 is only available for July 10.

Questions about conference housing should be directed to Michael Bishop.


Getting from Detroit Metroplotican Airport (DTW) to Ann Arbor and back again

Each terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport has a ground transportation center, with options for cabs, black cars, etc. at various price points depending on the level of luxury. There is also a waiting area for app services such as Uber and Lyft. Prices for cabs tend to be about $50-60, Uber/Lyft are usually about $35, though prices vary depending on demand.

There is also a bus service between the airport and Ann Arbor. With a reservation, the cost is $12 one way. The bus takes you to Blake Transit Center which is about 6 blocks from campus.

Schedule and Program

A draft of the full program is now available.

Schedule Highlights:

Preconference: Wednesday, July 11

The 2018 program will include a pre-conference workshop on recent philosophical and psychological research on well-being. This meeting will be hosted by Dan Haybron, Professor of Philosophy at St. Louis University and author of the influential book Happiness: A Very Short Introduction.

Keynote Speakers:

Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, is the author of the recent book, How emotions are made: The Secret Life of the Brain. She will speak on her pioneering work that leverages neuroscience findings to support social constructionism about the emotions.

Peter Railton, Gregory S. Kavka Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at University of Michigan, is the author of Facts, Values, and Norms: Essays toward a Morality of Consequence. He will discuss the role of emotions in supporting rational agency, focusing on emerging methods and empirical findings from the field of neuroeconomics.

Invited Symposium: Addiction and Problems of Agency

This invited symposium addresses a topic that sparked much recent debate within psychology, neuroscience, and clinical fields: How should we understand the deficits in agency produced by addiction?

  • Kent Berridge (Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Michigan)
  • Marc Lewis (Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Radboud University)
  • Peg O'Connor (Professor of Philosophy, Gustavus Adolphus University)
  • Hanna Pickard(Professor of Philosophy & Psychotherapist, University of Birmingham)

Invited Symposium: Moral and Epistemic Virtue

This invited symposium is on virtue, a topic that has been at the forefront of research in philosophy and psychology (and increasingly neuroscience) over the last 10 years.

  • Igor Grossman (Professor of Psychology, University of Waterloo)
  • Kiley Hamlin (Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia)
  • Christian Miller (Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University)
  • Lauren Olin (Professor of Philosophy, University of Missouri, St. Louis)

There will be addresses by SPP President Susan Gelman and the winner of the 2017 Stanton Prize, which is awarded to a leading young interdisciplinary researcher.

There will be an invited symposium honoring the memory of Jerry Fodor (1935-2017), a founding member of SPP and the society's first president. There will also be an opportunity to share personal memories of Jerry at the conference banquet.


Program chairs: Melissa Koenig ( and Mike Bishop (

Local arrangements chair: Chandra Sripada (

SPP Secretary/Treasurer: Luis Favela (

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