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Largest Philosophy Conference on the East Coast Coming to Baltimore

Friday, December 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Largest Philosophy Conference on the East Coast Coming to Baltimore


NEWARK, Del. — Dec. 23, 2016 — From January 4 through January 7, more than 1,000 philosophers will come to Baltimore for the 2017 Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association. Taking place at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, the event offers more than 100 sessions, including paper presentations, author-meets-critics sessions, and special lectures, as well as book exhibits, a prize ceremony, and networking receptions.

A key address will be given by William D. Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Adams, a former professor of philosophy, will discuss how philosophy and the humanities figure into our political culture following the recent presidential election.

In the premier event of the meeting, Eva Feder Kittay, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University and President of the APA’s Eastern Division, will give her presidential address, “The Moral Significance of Being Human.”

Topics to be presented at the meeting come from all areas of philosophy and include both invited and submitted papers. Authors presenting their work at the meeting include students as well as professors at all career stages.

Diversity and inclusiveness are important issues in the discipline of philosophy, and they also figure prominently at the Eastern Division meeting. Meeting session topics will include voting, Black Lives Matter, feminism, disability, gender identity, refugees, and academic freedom, among others.  

Almost every philosopher makes a living as a teacher. The 2017 Eastern Division meeting also features the inaugural Teaching Hub—a collaborative meeting space co-organized by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers. The goal is to share and support the work of teaching philosophy via workshops, panel discussions, one-on-one consultations, and traditional sessions.

About the APA

Founded in 1900, 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.


Amy Ferrer
APA Executive Director


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