If you are interested in connecting with other philosophers, looking for ways to support other philosophers, in need of support for yourself, seeking information on the profession, or have ideas about how the discipline can be improved, the American Philosophical Association is your best opportunity to accomplish any or all of these. The APA is composed of philosophers who together work ceaselessly for the benefit of all philosophers. Here are some of the ways that your membership can help you and help philosophy as a profession.
The APA offers exclusive benefits to members to support their work and career development.
Proceedings and Addresses of the APA
This annual publication includes the annual presidential addresses and prize lectures, memorial minutes, and member awards.
Journal of the American Philosophical Association (J-APA)
In partnership with Cambridge University Press (CUP), the APA publishes the Journal of the American Philosophical Association (J-APA), a new general philosophy journal appearing quarterly.
Only APA members are eligible to serve on the APA's twenty committees.
Regular members (including emeritus members) affiliated with a division of the APA are entitled to vote on divisional and association matters.
Paper Submission and Presentation
Only APA members are eligible to submit papers for consideration on the divisional meeting programs.
Only APA members are eligible for most APA prizes and fellowships, and nominations for most prizes are accepted from APA members only..
The APA grant fund
accepts proposals from APA members only. Grant funds include the Small Grant Fund, the Diversity and Inclusiveness Fund, and more.
APA members receive discounted registration and hotel rates for the three annual divisional meetings.
The APA posts news articles about the work and achievements of members on Twitter and Facebook.
Discounts on Books and Journals
APA members receive discounts on books and journals in the APA Shopping List.
Receive the first year of membership to Interfolio's Dossier for job candidates for free. To get this member benefit, signed-in APA members can visit our Interfolio access page.
Discount on JPASS by JSTOR
As a benefit of APA membership, we are able to offer you the one-year JPASS access plan for $99—a 50% discount on the listed rate. APA members can visit our JPASS access page.
Much of the work of the American Philosophical Association benefits philosophers everywhere, whether or not they are APA members. By joining the APA, you help to support the profession at large.
Much more than updates, these newsletters include high quality, peer-reviewed scholarship. Newsletters are published in the spring and fall, including newsletters on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies; Feminism and Philosophy; Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy; Indigenous Philosophers; LGBT Issues in Philosophy; Philosophy and Computers; Philosophy and Law; Philosophy and Medicine; Philosophyand the Black Experience; and Teaching Philosophy.
PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers
Job seekers can find the latest job openings, and schools and organizations with openings can reach philosophers worldwide on PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers.
APA Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy
The Grad Guide offers data on both doctoral and master’s degree programs in philosophy at institutions throughout the US and Canada and presents it in an easy-to-use format.
Blog of the APA
The Blog of the APA delivers news and commentary on current philosophy, highlights the work of APA members, and provides a forum for discussion of topics and books of interest to philosophers.
Each year, over 3,000 philosophers come to APA meetings to attend sessions and lectures, catch up with colleagues, and visit the exhibit hall. APA members receive a registration discount, but the meeting is open to all philosophers.
The APA is active in the defense of professional rights of philosophers. It advocates for part-time and under-employed philosophers and for philosophers whose professional rights are at risk, and it provides assistance to departments threatened by lack of institutional support.
Website and resources
The APA website offers career resources, diversity resources, data on the profession, conferences, calls for papers, APA publications, links on many topics, and information on the history of the APA, just to name a few items.