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Tuesday, December 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Shepherd
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Support philosophy. Support the APA.


The American Philosophical Association is dedicated to serving the philosophy community and providing resources and support for members like us. As 2019 draws to an end, I’m writing to ask you to join me in making a donation to the APA so that the association can continue to fight for us and for philosophy as a whole in the new year.

I donate to the APA because it is the main institution through which our collective interests and goals can be articulated and defended. The core values built into our enterprise as philosophers (and more broadly, as humanists) are under real threat in our culture right now. Obviously, each of us tries to live up to those values and advance them in our individual work with students and colleagues. But the scale of the challenges today calls for collective responses from us qua philosophers. The APA is the main institutional venue we have to find that collective voice. It will be what we make of it, and we can use it to advance our key values—values of clarity and intellectual honesty, the value of reflective pursuit of the good, the value of expanding our enterprise to include all kinds of people, and the rest—only if we join, and contribute our ideas (and our dollars!) to giving the ideals of philosophy some collective voice.

Like Jennifer Nagel, who wrote you last week, I am still shocked and deeply saddened by the recent, sudden loss of our friend and colleague, Ken Taylor. Ken energetically supported the APA over many years (he was a lifetime member!), not only with his dollars, but also with his ideas and service, both as a past president of the Pacific Division and through many years of dedicated committee work. I will never forget the boundless enthusiasm and sheer joy with which Ken participated in philosophy, and along with Jennifer, I made my annual donation in memory of Ken. Please join us in supporting the work of the APA.

By providing a tax-deductible donation, you will ensure that the APA can support new and existing projects, as well as continuing to represent philosophy and philosophical issues in the public arena.

Donating online is quick and easy.

Thank you for your support.

With gratitude,

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R. Lanier Anderson
Member-at-Large, APA Board of Officers

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