APA Mission Statement
The American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.
Principal Activities of the APA
The APA supports scholarship by producing a variety of publications such as the Proceedings and Addresses, which is of general interest to the philosophical community; a scholarly journal, the Journal of the American Philosophical Association; and newsletters on topics of interest to different subgroups of the association. It sponsors conferences and conventions, including three annual divisional meetings. It also provides occasional grants for specialized projects and conferences, and supports smaller, more focused, philosophical associations. The association fosters international cooperation, working with foreign counterparts on issues of common concern. It gives a variety of prizes and awards for philosophical excellence and contributions to the profession.
The APA supports the development of teaching and dissemination of teaching materials and techniques at all levels and provides support for efforts to teach philosophy in primary and secondary schools. It publishes a newsletter on teaching philosophy and sponsors sessions on teaching at divisional meetings.
PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers, a joint project of the APA and the PhilPapers Foundation, informs prospective job seekers about the availability of academic positions and post-doctoral fellowships in philosophy. In keeping with APA support for fair equality of opportunity in hiring, departments that advertise in PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers must attest that they do not discriminate against members of underrepresented groups. The APA provides resources for interviewing job candidates at divisional meetings. It collects benchmark data on the profession and fosters inclusiveness by providing grants for programs that promote diversity outreach. It also provides information about careers outside the academy.
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. The APA works with the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and like organizations and their international counterparts on issues of common professional and educational concern. It underwrites activities fostering interest in and appreciation of philosophy in the wider community. The APA also represents the discipline in a variety of public fora, providing a voice on public issues relevant to philosophy.