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Society for Philosophy
and Psychology

minding minds since 1974

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


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.

45th Annual Meeting, 2019

The 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology will be held July 10-13 on the campus of University of California, San Diego. The pre-conference workshops and the opening reception will be held on Wednesday, July 10. The main conference activities will take place on July 11-13.

Program Draft

A draft of the program is now available.

Program Highlights

July 10: Preconference

Preconference Workshop on Philosophy and Psychology of Science (organized by Andrew Shtulman)

This workshop will feature research on how we reason about scientific concepts, causes, and explanations and will include presentations by:

Elizabeth Bonawitz (Rutgers University)
David Danks (Carnegie Mellon University)
Joshua Knobe (Yale University)
Tania Lombrozo (Princeton University)
Kevin McCain (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Richard Samuels (Ohio State University) and Daniel Wilkenfeld (Ohio State University)
Jonah Schupbach (University of Utah)
Andrew Shtulman (Occidental College)
Caren Walker (University of California San Diego)
Deena Weisberg (Villanova University) and Michael Weisberg (University of Pennsylvania)

July 11:

Keynote Address: Jonathan Cohen (Philosophy, University of California, San Diego)

Invited Symposium on Probability and Mind: Elizabeth Bonawitz (Psychology, Rutgers University, Newark), Julia Staffel (Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder), Noah Goodman (Psychology & Computer Science, Stanford University), Michael Rescorla (Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles)

July 12:

Address by the winner of the 2019 Stanton Prize (Chandra Sripada)

Invited Symposium on Political Thought: Saba Bazargan (Philosophy, University of California, San Diego), Maureen Craig (Psychology, New York University), Steven Roberts (Psychology, Stanford University), Jerry Gaus (Philosophy, University of Arizona)

Banquet at Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography with Presidential Address by Adina Roskies

July 13:

Morning Theme on Philosophical and Psychological Approaches to Social Change

Keynote Address: Daphna Oyserman (Psychology, University of Southern California)

Invited Symposium: Emile Bruneau (Psychology, University of Pennsylvania), Myisha Cherry (Philosophy, University of California, Riverside), Alison Master (Psychology, University of Washington), Jason Stanley (Philosophy, Yale University)

Questions about the conference program should be directed to the program co-chairs, Marjorie Rhodes and Ángel Pinillos. Questions about local arrangements should be directed to the local host in charge of communication, Caren Walker. David Barner and Matthew Fulkerson are also assisting with local organizing.

Prizes and Awards

The Stanton Prize is awarded to a leading young interdisciplinary researcher. The William James Prize is awarded to the best student submission. Attendees will vote on the best poster for the Poster Prize.

SPP has established a fund devoted to increasing diversity within the society. Eligible student presenters are invited to apply for travel awards when submitting their abstracts via Easy Chair. Travel awards are to be used to cover conference-related expenses, including transportation, lodging, food, and conference registration. A limited number of additional graduate student travel awards will also be allocated.

For more information, see the prizes page.


SPP 2019 will be held at the University of California, San Diego on July 10-13. Most conference events will be held at the Price Center, located in the center of UCSD's main campus in La Jolla.

San Diego is a popular tourist location during the summer months! We advise you to book accomodations early.

We have reserved a limited block of discounted rooms at two hotels for SPP 2019:

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
9700 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

This is an upscale, luxury hotel (and spa!) located directly across the street from the university, and within easy walking distance to the conference venue (and the beach!). This is the most convenient and comfortable lodging option. Our block requires that we reach a minimum occupancy, so we encourage attendees to stay here if possible!

Standard room rate: $264
Discounted parking: $15/day
Website for booking
Phone: 979-353-3242


Best Western Premier Hotel Del Mar
720 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

This is a small hotel located a few miles north of campus in the village of Del Mar, making it a more affordable, but less convenient option. It is very close to the ocean and adjacent to shops, galleries, restaurants, and cafes. There is a public bus to campus through the day, but staying here may also require the use of car service to get back and forth.

Note: This hotel has an early reservation cutoff date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Please be sure to book early if you are planning on staying here. Otherwise, rooms will be released.

Single and double standard rooms: start at 99.99
Deluxe rooms: up to 199.99
Website for booking
Phone: 858-755-9765


UCSD On Campus Apartments

Campus housing will be available in Tamarack Apartments in Muir College on UCSD's main campus (within walking distance to the conference site). This housing will include a private bedroom in a shared apartment (apartments each have four bedrooms, with one person per room). Rooms included linens, towels, and so on. UCSD is a smoke-free campus.

On campus apartments: 97.00/night

Please book Campus Housing by May 15, 2019.

Details about how to book on-campus housing appear on the registration site.


Registration is now open. Please register at the eventbrite site.

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