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Committee: Public Philosophy
Associate Chair (2017)
Jason Stanley
Chair (2017)
Lynne Tirrell
Member (2017)
Samantha Brennan
Member (2017)
Lucius T. Outlaw Jr.
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)
Rebecca Kukla

 

Upcoming Events
Nomination deadline for the 2018 Danto/ASA Prize
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Submission deadline for the 2017 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought
Monday, June 5, 2017
Application deadline for Small Grant and Diversity & Inclusiveness funding
Friday, June 30, 2017
Nomination Deadline for the 2017 Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Membership dues deadline
Friday, September 1, 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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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

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Call for Nominations: Inaugural Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching
Posted in APA Announcements, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Call for submissions: 2017 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought
Posted in APA Announcements, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The APA committee on Hispanics seeks submissions from APA members for the Essay Prize in Latin American Thought. The author of the best unpublished, English-language, ... more »

Call for nominations: Inaugural Danto/ASA Prize
Posted in APA Announcements, Friday, May 12, 2017

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Prominent Philosophers Cartwright and Sober Win 2017 Lebowitz Prize
Posted in APA Announcements, Monday, May 1, 2017

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Joshua Glasgow Wins the 2017 Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship
Posted in APA Announcements, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Call for Nominations: 2017 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize
Posted in APA Announcements, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The APA committee on lectures, publications, and research seeks nominations for the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize. This prize, funded by Routledge, Taylor & Francis, ... more »

Deadline for APA diversity and inclusiveness funding is June 30
Posted in APA Announcements, Friday, April 7, 2017

The American Philosophical Association, in keeping with its mission and goals and the association’s longstanding commitment to addressing philosophy’s serious lack of demographic diversity, will ... more »

Public philosophy op-ed contest deadline: April 15
Posted in APA Announcements, Thursday, March 30, 2017

The APA committee on public philosophy seeks nominations for the best op-eds published in 2016 by philosophers. We will honor up to five standout pieces ... more »

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