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Committee: Public Philosophy
Chair (2020)
Jason Stanley
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
Member (2021)
Leslie A. Aarons
Member (2021)
Evelyn Brister
Member (2021)
Sean A. Valles

 

Upcoming Events
Application deadline for the 2019–2020 Edinburgh Fellowship
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Nomination deadline for the 2019 Book Prize
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Deadline to apply to be an APA nominee for the Whiting Programs
Friday, January 25, 2019
Nomination deadline for the 2019 Sanders Book Prize
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Submission deadline for the 2019 Frank Chapman Sharp Memorial Prize
Friday, March 15, 2019

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

2017–2018 report

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

Call for applications to be an APA nominee for the Whiting Public Engagement Programs
Posted in APA Announcements, Friday, December 14, 2018

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Posted in APA Announcements, Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Call for applications: 2019–2020 Edinburgh Fellowship
Posted in APA Announcements, Friday, December 7, 2018

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Posted in APA Announcements, Friday, December 7, 2018

The American Philosophical Association (APA), the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), and the Teaching Philosophy Association (TPA) are pleased to announce that Professor Maralee ... more »

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Posted in APA Announcements, Thursday, November 29, 2018

Following the fall meeting of its board of officers, the American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the following grant funding for the 2018–2019 fiscal ... more »

APA leadership nomination deadline is today!
Posted in APA Announcements, Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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Just one week left to nominate for APA leadership positions
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Posted in APA Announcements, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Leonard, Schoenherr, and Springle Win the 2019 Sanders Graduate Student Awards
Posted in APA Announcements, Thursday, October 11, 2018

       Matt Leonard  Julius Schoenherr  Alison Springle The APA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Sanders Graduate Student Awards: Matt ... more »

MSU’s Toolbox Dialogue Initiative Wins the 2018 Prize for Excellence and Innovation
Posted in APA Announcements, Friday, September 28, 2018

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