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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


45. 2019, University of California, San Diego

44. 2018, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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.

47th Annual Meeting, 2021

The 2021 meeting of SPP will take place virtually during the week of June 28 - July 2.

To make this virtual meeting as successful as possible, it will have a somewhat different format from prior meetings.

A stellar lineup of keynote talks (including by Rita Astuti, Ned Block, Eldar Shafir and Stanton Prize winner Marjorie Rhodes), invited symposia, and presidential address will also be held live, as will fun social events! We are aiming to schedule all live sessions around the middle of the day Eastern Time to accommodate attendees from as many different time zones as possible.

As usual, the conference is soliciting submissions (see the Call for Papers for more details on how to submit). Submissions can be accepted as a (1) poster or (2) talk.

(1) Presenters of posters will be asked to record a 5-minute video presentation summarizing their work. The video can include on-screen text, images, animations, and so on. Subtitles are especially welcome. These presentations will be linked to additional background information, which can be a traditional poster, additional video content, a paper, a website, or another format that you feel will best engage conference attendees with your work.

The video and linked materials will be available on the conference website prior to and during the conference, and registered attendees will be able to access all these materials ahead of time.

During the conference, they will then host a virtual live "office hour" where they will be available to answer questions and chat with those interested in their work.

(2) Presenters of talks will participate in thematically linked live discussion sessions. In these sessions, they will spend 20 minutes presenting their work, after which there will be a general discussion among all session participants (including audience members).

The pre-conference workshop on Essentialism, organized by Yarrow Dunham for the 2020 meeting, will also take place as part of the 2021 virtual meeting.

Further information will be made available closer to the time of the meeting, but we are excited to make the best of this unusual situation, and we are aiming for a flexible and interactive virtual conference format.

Further questions about the meeting format should be directed to the program co-chairs, Armin Schulz and Christina Starmans. This page will be updated with more information about the 2021 program as details are available.

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