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Associations and Societies
- American Association of Philosophy Teachers
The AAPT is dedicated to the advancement of the art of teaching philosophy.
- American Association of University Professors
Founded in 1915 by philosophers John Dewey and Arthur Lovejoy, the AAUP's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.
- American Catholic Philosophical Association
Established in 1926, the American Catholic Philosophical Association has forged a unique tradition that is steeped in classical sources and cultivates the Catholic philosophical heritage.
- American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.
- American Philosophical Practitioners Association
The APPA is a non-profit educational corporation that encourages philosophical awareness and advocates leading the examined life.
- American Society for Aesthetics
The ASA was founded in 1942 to promote study, research, discussion, and publication in aesthetics.
- American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
ASBH promotes the exchange of ideas and fosters multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and inter-professional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development and collegiality among people engaged in clinical and academic bioethics and the medical humanities.
- Ancient Philosophy Society
The Ancient Philosophy Society was established to provide a forum for diverse scholarship on ancient Greek and Roman texts.
- Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies
FEMMSS is a professional organization dedicated to promoting feminist work in epistemology, the study of methodology, metaphysics, and science and technology studies.
- Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory
FEAST is a professional organization dedicated to promoting feminist ethical perspectives on philosophy, moral and political life, and public policy.
- Association for Informal Logic & Critical Thinking
Founded in 1983, AILACT is a non-profit scholarly association which aims to promote research into, teaching of, and testing of informal logic and critical thinking.
- Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
APPE is a comprehensive, international organization advancing scholarship, education, and practice in practical and professional ethics.
- Association for Symbolic Logic
The ASL is an international organization supporting research and critical studies in logic. Its primary function is to provide an effective forum for the presentation, publication, and critical discussion of scholarly work in this area of inquiry.
- Association for the Philosophy of Judaism
APJ is an academic association of philosophers interested in the rigorous application of philosophy to any aspect of Judaism.
- Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America
The ACPA is an academic organization in philosophy and the humanities whose purpose is to promote philosophical activities of the Chinese philosophers in America.
- Australasian Association of Philosophy
The purpose of the AAP is to promote the study of philosophy in Australasia and to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers.
- Ayn Rand Society
The ARS is a professional society with the aim of fostering scholarly study of Ayn Rand.
- Bertrand Russell Society
Founded in 1974, the Bertrand Russell Society seeks to foster a better understanding of the life, work, and writings of Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) and how his contributions relate to today's world.
- British Philosophical Association
The BPA is the subject association for Philosophy as an academic discipline within Britain.
- British Society for Ethical Theory
BSET is an academic society dedicated to philosophical research in normative ethics, metaethics, and moral psychology.
- California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race
An annual workshop for scholars in philosophy and related fields who are interested in philosophy and race.
- Canadian Philosophical Association (L'Association canadienne de philosophie)
The CPA was founded in 1958 to promote philosophical scholarship and education across Canada, and to represent the interests of the profession in public forums.
- Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy
CSWIP an organization of philosophers and others with a commitment to supporting women interested in philosophy, and women in philosophy, and to fostering feminism in philosophy and philosophy in feminism.
- Caribbean Philosophical Association
The Caribbean Philosophical Association is a non-profit organization of scholars and lay-intellectuals who share a commitment to the development of an intellectual community that is truly representative of the diversity of voices and perspectives that is paradigmatic of the Caribbean.
- Charles S. Peirce Society
The purpose of the Peirce Society is to encourage study of and communication about the work of Charles S. Peirce and its ongoing influence in the many fields of intellectual endeavor to which he contributed.
- Coalition on the Academic Workforce
Organized in 1997, CAW is a group of higher education associations, disciplinary associations, and faculty organizations committed to addressing issues associated with deteriorating faculty working conditions and their effect on college and university students in the United States.
- Community College Humanities Association
The Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), founded in 1979, is the only national organization of its kind for humanities faculty and administrators in two-year colleges. It is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the humanities in two-year colleges.
- Concerned Philosophers for Peace
Concerned Philosophers for Peace is the largest body of philosophers in the United States working on issues of war and peace.
- Council for Secular Humanism
The mission of CSH is to advocate and defend a nonreligious lifestance rooted in science, naturalistic philosophy, and humanist ethics and to serve and support adherents of that lifestance.
- Dutch Research School of Philosophy
The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (1) facilitates and stimulates research collaboration between the participating universities, and (2) offers training for young researchers.
- European Society of Analytic Philosophy
ESAP aims to establish contacts and encourage collaboration among European analytic philosophers.
- Faculty Forward
SEIU Faculty Forward is a campaign that unites full-time and part-time professors at campuses across the country to address the crisis in higher education and the troubling trend toward a marginalized teaching faculty that endangers our profession.
- First Russian Philosophical Society
The first philosophical society was founded in Saint-Petersburg in 1897 and continues to remain the center of intellectual life in Saint-Petersburg, representing professional activity of philosophers and acquainting the general public with the achievements of contemporary philosophical thought.
- Gabriel Marcel Society
The Society aims to facilitate communication and increased appreciation of Marcel's work.
- Hegel Society of America
The Hegel Society of America is a learned society, founded in 1968, whose goal is to promote the study of the philosophy of Hegel and Hegelianism, its place within the history of thought, and its relation to social, political, and cultural movements since his time.
- Human Development and Capability Association
The Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) is a global community of academics and practitioners that seeks to build an intellectual community around the ideas of human development and the capability approach, and relate these ideas to the policy arena.
- Hume Society
The Hume Society is an international organization promoting scholarship on all aspects of the thought and writings of David Hume.
- Husserl Circle
Husserl Circle holds annual meetings with the primary purpose of communication of phenomenological research and discussion of Husserl's philosophy.
- International Adam Smith Society
The society was founded in 1995 to encourage interdisciplinary scholarly interest in Adam Smith's writings, as well as in topics and issues connected with his writings; and to provide a forum for the sharing of research and scholarship relating to Adam Smith.
- International Association for Philosophy and Literature
The IAPL is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and scholarly research within the humanities.
- International Association of Computing and Philosophy
The IACAP exists to promote scholarly dialogue and research on all aspects of the computational and informational turn, and on the use of information and communication technologies in the service of philosophy.
- International Ernst Cassirer Society
The Cassirer Society was founded on October 13, 1993, to coordinate and further research concerning the philosophy of Ernst Cassirer and to support the edition of Cassirer's unpublished writings.
- International Network of Philosophers of Education
INPE's is devoted to the promotion of ideological tolerance in the field of education and the facilitation of better understanding between different schools of thought.
- International Plato Society
Established in 1989, the IPS promotes Platonic studies throughout the world and communication among scholars of diverse disciplines. It includes the annual Plato Bibliography and the journal Platon.
- International Society for Chinese Philosophy
ISCP was founded in 1975 to bring together scholars from all corners of the globe who share an interest in Chinese philosophy, and to promote the study of Chinese philosophy in both academic and non-academic circles.
- International Society for Environmental Ethics
ISEE strives to advance research and education in the field of environmental ethics and philosophy, and to promote appropriate human use, respect, conservation, preservation, and understanding of the natural world.
- International Society for Neoplatonic Studies
The mission of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies is to promote the study of the philosophy of Plato and its long tradition from all perspectives.
- International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science
HOPOS is devoted to promoting serious, scholarly research on the history of the philosophy of science.
- International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture
The society’s objectives are to engender as well as provide an informal platform for real philosophic engagement with the subject of architecture.
- Italian Society of Analytic Philosophy
The SIFA was founded in 1992 and brings together scholars of the analytic tradition in Italy.
- Italian Web Service for Philosophy (Servizio Web Italiano per la Filosofia)
SWIF is an Italian-language source for philosophical information and resources.
- Karl Jaspers Society of North America
The society's purpose is to promote study and research in the thought of Karl Jaspers and related philosophical issues.
- Kurt Gödel Society
The Gödel Society is an international organization for the promotion of research in the areas of Logic, Philosophy, History of Mathematics, above all in connection with the biography of Kurt Gödel, and in other areas to which Gödel made contributions, especially mathematics, physics, theology, philosophy and Leibniz studies.
- Leibniz Society of North America
The society's purpose is to encourage and promote interest in the life, work, and philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.
- Merlin CCC
Merlin CCC is a Helena-based nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching lives and strengthening the community and environment through philosophy.
- Metaphysical Society of America
Founded in 1950 by Paul Weiss, the Metaphysical Society is committed to the principle that philosophical thought is open to a variety of different traditions and methodologies and provides a forum for the discussion of the questions that have animated philosophical debate from the start. It maintains a close informal relation with the Review of Metaphysics.
- Minorities and Philosophy
MAP is a collection of students in North American philosophy departments that aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy.
- National Humanities Alliance
Founded in 1981, the NHA is a non-profit organization to advance national humanities policy in the areas of research, education, preservation and public programs.
- National Philosophical Counseling Association
Formerly the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy, the NPCA is the first association of philosophical counseling in the United States.
- No Free Will Network: Free Will is False
A network of free will skeptics who work together to inform the public that free will is bogus and the recognition of this truth of reality is an important step in the formation of a more honest, rational, and compassionate global society.
- North American Kant Society
The purpose of the Society is to further study of the works of Immanuel Kant from a variety of perspectives: "analytical," "continental," and otherwise.
- North American Sartre Society
The North American Sartre Society is dedicated to the study of all aspects of the work and thought of Jean-Paul Sartre.
- North American Society for Social Philosophy
The NASSP is a non-profit learned society whose mission is to facilitate discussion between social philosophers on all topics of interest.
- North Texas Philosophical Association
The purpose of the NTPA is to promote philosophical dialogue and inquiry and to improve the quality of the teaching of philosophy in colleges and universities in North Texas.
- Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa is the United States' oldest academic honor society, celebrating and advocating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.
- Philosophical Association of Mexico
AFM aims to promote and encourage research and education philosophy in Mexico.
- Philosophical Society of England
The society helps to bring together professional philosophers and non-professionals, to bring philosophical ideas and problems to the public attention, and to encourage wider discussion of both traditional and topical philosophical issues.
- Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO)
PLATO advocates and supports introducing philosophy to K-12 students through programs, resource-sharing and the development of a national network of those working in pre-college philosophy.
- Philosophy of Education Society
The Philosophy of Education Society is an international forum that promotes the philosophic treatment of educational practice, policy and research, advances the quality of teaching the philosophy of education, and cultivates fruitful relationships between and among philosophers, philosophers of education and educators.
- Philosophy of Science Association
The Philosophy of Science Association promotes research, teaching, and free discussion of issues in the philosophy of science from diverse standpoints.
- Polanyi Society
The Polanyi Society is a scholarly organization whose members are interested in the thought of Michael Polanyi, a scientist and philosopher who lived from 1891 to 1976.
- Public Philosophy Network
The Public Philosophy Network is an online social network for philosophers, community-based practitioners, policy makers, and other constituents interested in thinking critically about public issues.
- Radical Philosophy Association
The purpose of the RPA is to foster the discussion of diverse currents of radical, critical philosophical thinking in the United States and worldwide, and to provide support for initiatives to implement such thinking along lines agreed to by a consensus of the membership.
- Reid Society
The Reid Society is an organization supporting scholarly work on Thomas Reid and Scottish philosophy.
- Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Filosófico
SADAF is a society supporting analytical philosophy in Argentina.
- Société internationale pour l'étude de la philosophie médiévale
The SIEPM was founded in 1958 with the goal of promoting the study of medieval thought. We have more than 800 members in 45 different countries across six continents. In an international context, the SIEPM is the foremost society for the study of medieval philosophy and intellectual history. It organises international congresses and fosters exchange among scholars. In addition, we offer congress- and research-stipends to young scholars. In order to connect specialists from around the globe we publish the Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale and the series Rencontres de Philosophie Médiévale.
- Society for Analytical Feminism
The Society for Analytical Feminism provides a forum where issues concerning analytical feminism may be openly discussed and examined.
- Society for Applied Philosophy
The Society for Applied Philosophy was founded in 1982 with the aim of promoting philosophical study and research that has a direct bearing on areas of practical concern.
- Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
The group serves as the largest and most well-known professional organization for scholars in the fields of Asian and global philosophy.
- Society for Business Ethics
The Society for Business Ethics is a non-profit international association of scholars and others interested in business ethics.
- Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
The SMRP mission is to foster research, to organize scholarly sessions and conferences, to undertake publications, and to cooperate with other learned societies in common projects, in the area of medieval and renaissance philosophy. SMRP also runs an annual Founder's Prize competition for the best paper by a younger scholar in this area.
- Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
SPEP is a professional organization devoted to supporting philosophy inspired by continental European traditions.
- Society for Philosophical Inquiry
The Society for Philosophical Inquiry (SPI) is a non-profit organization devoted to propagating a version of Socratic inquiry through the establishment of regular meetings.
- Society for Philosophy and Disability
The Society for Philosophy and Disability, or SPD, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to furthering research and teaching on philosophical issues related to disability and to promoting inclusiveness and support for people with disabilities in philosophical education and in the profession of philosophy.
- Society for Philosophy and Psychology
The Society for Philosophy and Psychology is the premier scientific and educational organization for philosophically interested psychologists and psychologically interested philosophers in North America.
- Society for Philosophy and Technology
The Society for Philosophy and Technology is an independent international organization that encourages, supports and facilitates philosophically significant considerations of technology.
- Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World
The society is committed to the application of philosophy to understanding and solving contemporary social problems broadly conceived.
- Society for Philosophy of Emotion
The Society for Philosophy of Emotion (SPE) is an association of scholars who are interested in philosophical concerns about emotion, broadly construed, from a wide range of philosophical and interdisciplinary perspectives, and across all traditions. The SPE holds that philosophers of emotion can learn from emotion experts in other areas and disciplines, and vice versa. It seeks to encourage an open exchange of ideas on emotion, does not promote any specific ideology, and shares the core values of diversity, inclusiveness, collegiality/community, honesty, integrity, the principle of charity, rigorous scholarship, and clarity of content with its associated Journal of Philosophy of Emotion (JPE). The SPE is also an affiliated group with the American Philosophical Association (APA), and as such, members are welcome to present works in progress during the SPE Affiliated Group Sessions at any of the annual APA meetings.
- Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
SAAP exists to advance American philosophy by promoting interest and research in its history, encouraging original and creative work in its spirit, and providing forums for the exchange of information and ideas.
- Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy
SSAP was established to provide a network of support for young African American philosophers and other intellectuals in the academy, to bring together alternative voices to de-center the predominant 'Eurocentric' focus of and lack of diversity in most academic philosophy departments, and to provide a place for lay intellectuals to exchange ideas with professional academics in an informal setting.
- Society for the Study of Women Philosophers
Members of the Society for the Study of Women Philosophers have engaged in recovery projects that have documented the contributions of nearly 200 women to philosophy. The mission of SSWP goes beyond backward-looking restoration and recovery projects to a concern to create a positive, welcoming climate within the discipline of philosophy for women today and in the future.
- Society for Women in Philosophy
The Society for Women in Philosophy was started in 1972 to promote and support women in philosophy.
- Society of Christian Philosophers
The Society of Christian Philosophers was organized in 1978 to promote fellowship among Christian philosophers and to stimulate study and discussion of issues which arise from their Christian and philosophical commitments.
- Society of Humanist Philosophers
The Society of Humanist Philosophers is a philosophical society that publishes Philo, a journal focused on defending metaphysical naturalism, especially in regards to ethics.
- Society of Young Black Philosophers
A group designed to connect Black philosophy graduate students and junior faculty for the purposes of helping the former gain tenure-track jobs and the latter gain tenure.
- Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology
The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology was founded to promote philosophy and psychology by facilitating the exchange of ideas among those engaged in these fields of inquiry, by encouraging investigation, by fostering the educational function of philosophy and psychology, and by improving the academic status of the subjects.
- Tennessee Philosophical Association
The TPA was founded in 1969 for the purpose of presenting and discussing original philosophical papers at an annual conference held each year at Vanderbilt University during the fall semester.
- William James Society
WJS is a multidisciplinary professional society which supports the study of, and communication about, the life and work of William James (1842-1910) and his ongoing influence in the many fields to which he contributed.