Welcome to the Web home of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on Public Philosophy. The committee is made up of 10 members of the APA, who serve to achieve the committee's goals. According the committee's charge, its basic purpose is "to find and create opportunities to demonstrate the personal value and social usefulness of philosophy." Click here or on the "Mission" button above to read the committee's detailed charge.
On the "Activities" page you will find information on the conferences that committee members have organized, as well as panels planned for the APA divisional meetings and other varied initiatives aimed at pursuing the committee's charge. We will use this Web site for posting further resources, opportunities, updates, and tools relevant to public philosophy. This page is still in development. If you have suggestions for inclusion in its content, contact the committee chair, Dr. Eric Thomas Weber (firstname.lastname@example.org). Come visit again from time to time for updates, such as those listed here below.
Recent News and Upcoming Events and Opportunities
2012 Op-ed Essay Contest Winners Announced
Click here to learn about the 2012 Committee on Public Philosophy Op-ed Essay Contest, which in 2013 selected nominated pieces that were published in 2012. We received many excellent submissions and a subcommittee selected five winners. Congratulations to our winners. It is encouraging to see so many strong submissions, from philosophers engaging in rich public philosophical work. Watch this site for information coming soon about the opening of nominations for the 2013 op-ed essay contest.
CPP Panels at the Eastern APA in 2013 and at the Central and Pacific APA Meetings in 2014
The Committee on Public Philosophy be sponsoring two upcoming panels, one at each of the next divisional meetings. The first will be at the Central APA and the second at the Pacific APA, both of which wil take place in 2014.
2014 Central APA panel
"Promoting Religious Tolerance in the 21st Century: Practical Perspectives from Philosophers of the Past & the Present"
Edwin Curley, University of Michigan (Philosophy)
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University (Divinity School)
Robert Audi, University of Notre Dame (Philosophy)
Cristina Lafont, Northwestern University (Philosophy)
Chair: Jeanine Diller (University of Toledo)
WEB DISCUSSION IN ADVANCE OF THE PANEL! For this panel, the organizers have put together an online discussion forum hosted on our Web site so that panelists and others can begin our discussion in advance of the meeting and so that the discussions are publicly available online. This is an experiment which we hope people will participate in and spread the word about. Visit the discussion page here.
2014 Pacific APA panel
"Cultivating Citizenship: Student-Initiated Civic Engagement Projects"
2013 Public Philosophy Network conference
The Public Philosophy Network (PPN), an organization dedicated to the support of publicly engaged philosophical teaching, research, and social action projects, is holding its second conference on March 14-16, 2013 at the Emory University Conference Center. The deadline for paper and workshop proposals has passed--but it is not too late to geton the program! Click here (http://publicphilosophynetwork.ning.com/page/public-phil-conference) for more information and to register for the conference and sign-up for workshops. Registrants who sign-up before January 15th will be listed in the conference program as discussants. Workshop sign-up is on a first come, first served basis, so register early!
If you would like to learn more about the American Philosophical Association, you can visit the organization's Web site here: http://www.apaonline.org/.