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Committee: Public Philosophy
Chair (2020)
Jason Stanley
Member (2018)
Kai Draper
Member (2018)
Avery H. Kolers
Member (2018)
Justin R. Weinberg
Member (2019)
Lori Gruen
Member (2019)
Paul Henne
Member (2019)
Gordon D. Marino
Member (2020)
Marcos Bisticas-Cocoves
Member (2020)
John Corvino
Member (2020)
Rebecca Kukla

 

Upcoming Events
Nomination Deadline for the 2017 Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Membership dues deadline
Friday, September 1, 2017
Nominations open for APA leadership positions
Friday, September 15, 2017
Deadline to submit reports for the fall board meeting
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Deadline to submit APA leadership nominations
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Committee Charge

On the belief that the broader presence of philosophy in public life is important both to our society and to our profession, the basic charge of the committee will be to find and create opportunities to demonstrate the personal value and social usefulness of philosophy.

The work of this committee, which will be coordinated wherever possible with the work of the other APA committees, is expected to include the following kinds of activities:

1. Organize and support programs that demonstrate the personal value and social usefulness of philosophy, such as suitable lecture series, and radio and television appearances by philosophers.

2. Organize and support programs that bring public attention to philosophy and philosophers, such as book signings.

3. Establish ties to national and local media.

4. Prepare appropriate news releases for the divisional meetings of the APA and for other events of philosophical significance.

5. Serve as a conduit so that media and other inquiries can be channeled to appropriate individuals in the profession.

6. Create or support the creation of audio tapes and videotapes useful for calling attention to philosophy and for garnering support for philosophy.

7. Encourage APA members to engage in public debate about significant issues by such means as sponsoring op-ed essay contests.

8. Establish contact with politicians, civil servants, and opinion makers to impress upon them the full scope of the contributions philosophers can make.

9. Make common cause with ethics institutes and other organizations in promoting the engagement of philosophy with broader publics.

Committee Reports

2015-2016 - no report submitted

2014-2015 report 

2013-2014 report

2012-2013 report

2011-2012 report

2010-2011 report

2009-2010 report

2008-2009 report

2007-2008 - no report submitted

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2017 Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest Winners Announced
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Rolf-Peter Horstmann to Deliver the 2017–2018 De Gruyter Kant Lecture
Posted in APA Announcements, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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APA board approves statement on valuing public philosophy
Posted in APA Announcements, Thursday, May 18, 2017

The APA board of officers has approved the following statement, which was proposed by the committee on public philosophy and the committee on the status ... more »

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