To all members of the association:
The one hundred tenth annual meeting of the Eastern Division
will be held from Friday, December 27, through Monday, December 30, 2013, at
the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. All meeting functions will take place at
this hotel. Hotel accommodations at convention rates will be available at the
Marriott. I suggest
that you make reservations at your earliest convenience. Please note: suite reservations for interviewers are handled separately. Reserve an interview suite.
registration and reception
table reservations may also be made online.
Please note: There
has been a change in registration policy. It now costs less to register in advance
than at the meeting. There is now a supplemental charge for registering in
person at the meeting (introduced in all three divisions three years ago). The
purpose of this change is to encourage as many attendees as possible to
pre-register thereby reducing the
long lines at the registration desk at the start of the meeting.
Rates for registration are as follows:
members: $80 for advance registration, $120 for in-person registration
$120 for advance registration, $160 for in-person registration
- Student members: $25 for advance
registration, $65 for in-person registration
A portion of the division’s registration income is returned
to the national office to cover the salaries of staff members essential to the
functioning of the division. The remaining amount goes to offset meeting
expenses directly. All those participating in the meeting are expected to
register, and to wear their name badges to signify that they have done so. The
staff conducts random checks at the meeting, and those who have not registered
are asked to do so immediately.
are not now members may take advantage of the lower registration fee for
members by joining the APA. Membership applications will be available
during the meeting at the APA registration desk, or join online at any time.
The APA registration desk will be open at the following
December 27: 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 28: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
December 29: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Monday, December 30: 8:30 a.m. to noon
Only registrants are entitled to attend the reception on
December 28 at no additional charge. Non-registrants, such as spouses,
partners, or family members of meeting attendees, who wish to attend this
reception must purchase a $10 guest ticket; guest tickets are available at the
reception door. To purchase a guest ticket in advance of the meeting, send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who register, name badges will serve as proof of registration.
2. Placement service
The APA placement service functions mainly as a channel of
communication between interviewers and job applicants. It can be particularly
valuable when other arrangements fail to function properly. For this reason,
interviewers and candidates, even those who plan to use the placement center
for no other purpose, should inform the placement center about how they may be
contacted in case of an emergency. The placement process will operate most
smoothly when appointing officers and applicants make preparations for their
part in advance of the annual meeting and when interviews are arranged prior to
the meeting on the basis of listings in PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers.
Detailed information about the APA placement service can be found on the APA
ombudsperson, either the chair or a member of the APA committee on academic
career opportunities and placement, will be available in the placement service
area for anyone encountering problems with the interviewing process.
3. Book exhibits and book signings
The publishers' book exhibit area is in Grand Ballroom,
Salons V and VI (third floor). It is open at the following times:
December 28: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
December 29: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Monday, December 30: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00
It is expected that there will also be a number of book
signings in the exhibit area, arranged by the APA committee on public
philosophy. Details of this will be made available prior to and at the meeting.
4. Presidential address
The presidential address will be delivered by Sally
Haslanger at 6:00 p.m., December 29, in the Harborside Ballroom, Salons D and E
(fourth floor). The title of the address is "Social Meaning and Philosophical
5. Carus Lectures
The Eastern Division is pleased this year to host the Paul
Carus Lectures, to be given by Anthony Appiah. The general title for the three
lectures is Being Better Than We Are.
All three lectures will be given in the Harborside Ballroom, Salons D and E
- Saturday, December 28, 1:30 p.m.:
Lecture I, "Rational Ideals”
- Sunday, December 29, 1:30 p.m.: Lecture II, "Moral Idealism”
- Monday, December 30, 11:15 a.m.: Lecture III, "Social Ideals”
6. John Dewey Lecture
At its 2004 meeting, the Eastern Division executive
committee accepted a generous offer from the John Dewey Foundation to fund a John Dewey Lecture at each
annual meeting. The Dewey Lecture is given by a prominent and senior (typically
retired) American philosopher who is invited to reflect, broadly and in an
autobiographical spirit, on philosophy in America. The Eastern Division is
pleased to announce that its eighth John Dewey Lecture will be given by Amelie
Rorty at 1:30 p.m. on December 29 (session VI-J). The lecture will be
immediately followed by a reception.
Nominations are invited for future Eastern Division Dewey
Lecturers. The 2014 Dewey Lecturer will be Thomas McCarthy. Previous Eastern
Division Dewey Lecturers are Richard Bernstein, Hilary Putnam, J. B. Schneewind,
Ruth Marcus, Harry Frankfurt, Lucius Outlaw, and Judith Thomson. At its annual
meeting on December 27, the executive committee will establish a short list of
candidates for Dewey Lecturer in 2015, and will take into account nominations
received from members. Please send all nominations by November 15 to the Office
of the Secretary-Treasurer, Department of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University,
3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-2686, or by email to Richard Bett.
7. Receptions and reception tables
There will be receptions on the nights of December 28, from
8:00 p.m. to midnight, and December 29, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. Both
receptions will take place in the Harborside Ballroom (fourth floor).
The large, round tables at the receptions will be numbered.
A chart will be distributed at the reception giving the table locations along
with an index showing, for each table, which department has reserved it.
and societies are invited to reserve tables for a fee of $50 per table for both
nights. In order to be listed on the printed table directory, your
reservation must be received by December 6.
8. Business meeting and voting membership
The annual business meeting will be held on December 29 at
11:15 a.m. in the Harborside Ballroom, Salons D and E (fourth floor). There
will be reports from divisional and national officers and committees.
According to the association's bylaws, regular membership is
given by an act of the executive director on behalf of the board of officers.
Each year the list of regular members produced in the fall by the national
office is used as the list of eligible voters for the three subsequent
divisional meetings. Certification of persons as voting affiliates of the
Eastern Division will take place at the entrance to the business meeting
itself, for those wishing to attend and to vote.
(a) All resolutions to be presented for inclusion on the agenda
of the business meeting as separate items must be submitted to the
secretary-treasurer at least one month in advance of the annual meeting (by
November 27, 2013) in order to be properly announced to the membership.
(b) No question of a substantive nature other than routine
business shall be in order under "new business” unless it has been received by
the secretary-treasurer three weeks in advance of the annual meeting (by
December 6, 2013) for transmission to the executive committee, except if
three-fourths of the Eastern Division affiliates in attendance at the business
meeting vote that such a question should be taken up at that meeting.
(c) According to section 5.5.D of the bylaws of the APA, "Resolutions
which purport to represent the sense of a division on matters of public policy
may be voted on only by mail ballot authorized by the annual business meeting
of that division. Such mail ballots will include relevant minutes of the
meeting and a summary of the arguments presented.”
(d) The Eastern Division executive committee has the
prerogative to order a mail or secure electronic ballot on any question of a
substantive nature other than routine business that may come before the
(e) There is a resolutions subcommittee of the executive
committee consisting of the vice president, the divisional representative to
the board of officers, and the secretary-treasurer, each of whom is available
to consult with members before and during the annual meeting, on the
preparation of resolutions.
10. The 2014 program committee
The 2014 program committee invites contributions for the
2014 annual meeting that will be held in Philadelphia on December 27–30. The
2014 program committee is composed of the following people:
- Matti Eklund (chair)
- Andrew Cullison (ex officio)
- David Christensen
- Omar Dahbour
- Andy Egan
- Frank Kirkland
- Ann Murphy
- Alan Nelson
- Ronald Sandler
- Kok-Chor Tan
- Catherine Wearing
- Michael Weisberg
- Charlotte Witt
The deadline for
submitted papers for the 2014 meeting is February 15, 2014. For further details on
how and where to submit papers for consideration, see the paper submission
guidelines on the APA website.
The 2014 program committee welcomes volunteers interested in
serving as commentators and session chairs. In selecting commentators and
chairs, the program committee tends to prefer, other things being equal,
persons who have not made frequent appearances on the Eastern Division program
in the past few years. There will be a location to volunteer on the Eastern Division’s website; to maximize
your chances of being selected, you should enter your name by the end of April
11. Graduate student travel stipends and the William James Prize
The Eastern Division is pleased to announce that there are
two sources of financial support for junior members of the association who wish
to submit papers for consideration for the Eastern Division program. One source
is the graduate student travel stipends, the other is the William James Prize.
The guidelines for both are given below.
Graduate student travel
stipends. The Eastern Division will award a $300 travel stipend for any paper
written by a graduate student that is accepted by the program committee in its
normal, blind-review process. Eligibility is restricted to APA members or
student associate members who are graduate students in good standing in an M.A.
or Ph.D. program in philosophy. A
graduate student may submit a paper either as a colloquium paper or as a
symposium paper. Authors who are willing to have a shortened version of a
symposium paper considered as a colloquium paper should submit the shortened
version, along with a shortened abstract, simultaneously with the submission of
the symposium paper. Authors must comply with all rules, including those
intended to insure the integrity of the process of blind-reviewing, that govern
normal submissions to the program committee (see the APA paper submission
guidelines and the Eastern
Division paper submission information), with two modifications. First, the
author must indicate that the paper is being submitted for consideration for a
graduate student travel stipend. If the paper is submitted electronically, this
is to be done by checking the relevant box on the online submission form; if it
is submitted by mail, the paper must be accompanied by a cover letter
indicating that the paper is in competition for a graduate student stipend.
(This information is not to be included
in the paper itself.) Second, whichever method of submission is used, the
author must also supply, at the time of submission, documentation from the
author's institution showing that the author is a graduate student in good
James Prize. The Eastern Division will award the William James Prize to the
best paper in the area of American philosophy that is both (a) written by a
philosopher who received the Ph.D. after January 1, 2009, or is a graduate
student, and (b) accepted for inclusion in the Eastern Division program by the
program committee through the normal process of blind-reviewing. Thanks to a
generous gift from Professor and Mrs. John Lachs, the James Prize carries with
it an honorarium of $300. For purposes of competition for the James Prize,
American philosophy is to be construed broadly as including not only studies of
the work of significant thinkers in the history of American philosophy but also
creative extensions or applications of the ideas, methods or results of traditional
American philosophy to philosophical issues of current interest or lasting
A paper may be submitted for the competition for the James
Prize either as a colloquium paper or as a symposium paper. Authors who are willing to have a shortened
version of a symposium paper considered as a colloquium paper should submit the
shortened version, along with a shortened abstract, simultaneously with the
submission of the symposium paper. Authors must comply with all rules,
including those intended to insure the integrity of the process of
blind-reviewing, that govern normal submissions to the program committee (see
the APA paper
submission guidelines and the Eastern
Division paper submission information). In addition, each submission for
the competition for the James Prize must be accompanied by a letter from its
author both (a) stating either the date on which the author's Ph.D. was granted
if the author has already received the Ph.D., or the fact that the author is a
graduate student if that is the case, and (b) expressing the author's wish to
have the paper considered for the James Prize.
The competition for the William James Prize in 2014 will be
judged by a subcommittee of the 2014 program committee. Its members are Matti
Eklund (chair of the program committee, serving ex officio), Andrew Cullison (secretary-treasurer of the Eastern
Division, serving ex officio), and
two other committee members.
In the event that no entrant marked specifically for the
William James Prize competition is accepted by the program committee, the
program committee will survey the graduate student travel stipend recipients to
see whether any of those papers qualifies by topic for the James Prize. If one
(or more) does so qualify, it (or the best one) will receive the William James
Prize instead of a graduate student travel stipend. No paper may be awarded both the William James Prize and a graduate student travel stipend.
Each recipient of an award will be acknowledged in the
annual Eastern Division meeting program.
12. APA prize reception
There will be a special reception for the presentation of
awards, at which all meeting registrants are welcome. This reception will take
place in the Waterview Ballroom (lobby level) from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on
December 28. The awards to be presented include the graduate student travel
stipends and William James Prize, as well as a number of national APA prizes;
the specifics are listed with the announcement of the reception in the meeting
13. The 2015 program committee
The Eastern Division's committee on committees, whose ex officio members are the vice
president, the divisional representative to the board of officers, and the
secretary-treasurer, invites nominations, including self-nominations, for
membership on the 2015 program committee. Nominees should be voting affiliates
of the Eastern Division. Each nomination must be accompanied by the nominee's curriculum vitae and must be received by
December 1, 2013, at the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer, Department of
Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218-2686. Nominations submitted by email are preferred.
On behalf of the executive and program committees, I extend
to every member of the American Philosophical Association a warm invitation to
take part in our one hundred tenth annual meeting.
Richard Bett, Secretary-Treasurer