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Committee: Public Philosophy
Chair (2020)
Jason Stanley
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)
Marcos Bisticas-Cocoves
Member (2020)
John Corvino
Member (2020)
Rebecca Kukla

 

Upcoming Events
Nomination deadline for the 2018 APA/PDC Prize
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Application deadline for Small Grant and Diversity & Inclusiveness funding
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Nomination Deadline for the 2018 Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Nominations open for APA leadership positions
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Application deadline for grant requests from the Berry fund
Sunday, September 30, 2018

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

2016–2017 report

2015–2016 report

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

Related Group News

APA Grants and Prizes Deadline Reminders
Posted in APA Announcements, Friday, June 1, 2018

The American Philosophical Association is fortunate to be able to sponsor and co-sponsor a number of prizes, as well as to offer grant funding. The ... more »

Call for Nominations: Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs
Posted in APA Announcements, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The American Philosophical Association (APA) and the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC) invite nominations for the 2018 APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. ... more »

University of Houston’s Cameron Buckner Awarded the Article Prize
Posted in APA Announcements, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The APA is pleased to announce that Dr. Cameron Buckner (University of Houston) has been awarded the 2018 Article Prize for his article, “Rational Inference: The ... more »

Call for Submissions: 2018 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought
Posted in APA Announcements, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The APA committee on Hispanics seeks submissions from APA members for the 2018 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought. The author of the best unpublished, ... more »

2018 Lebowitz Prize Awarded to Philosophers Fine and Yablo
Posted in APA Announcements, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

    Kit Fine  Photo courtesy of PBK Stephen Yablo Photo courtesy of PBK   The American Philosophical Association (APA), along with the Phi Beta ... more »

Call for Nominations: 2018 Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching
Posted in APA Announcements, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

We are pleased to open the call for nominations for the 2018 Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching. This annual prize recognizes a philosophy teacher ... more »

Federica Berdini Awarded the APA’s 2018 Journal of Value Inquiry Prize
Posted in APA Announcements, Thursday, April 26, 2018

The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Federica Berdini has been awarded the 2018 Journal of Value Inquiry Prize for her paper, “Agency's ... more »

Hartry Field to Give the 2018–2019 Romanell Lecture on Philosophical Naturalism
Posted in APA Announcements, Friday, March 16, 2018

The APA is pleased to announce that Professor Hartry Field (New York University) will give the 2018–2019 Romanell Lecture at the 2019 Eastern Division meeting ... more »

B. Jack Copeland Awarded the 2017 Barwise Prize
Posted in APA Announcements, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The APA is pleased to announce that the APA committee on philosophy and computers has selected Distinguished Professor B. Jack Copeland FRS NZ (University of ... more »

Reminder: Edinburgh Fellowship application deadline 12/15
Posted in APA Announcements, Monday, December 11, 2017

The deadline to submit applications for the 2018–2019 Edinburgh Fellowship is this Friday, December 15. The APA sponsors one visiting research fellowship per year at ... more »

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