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Welcome to the home page of the Mississippi Philosophical Association. As set forth in our constitution, the purpose of the MPA is to increase the understanding and appreciation of philosophy; to encourage research and advance the standards and ideals of the teaching of philosophy; and to cultivate an interest in the study of philosophy in Mississippi institutions of higher learning.

The MPA holds an annual meeting, usually in the spring, featuring papers by faculty, students, and invited speakers. Members pay $20 per year in dues, but the annual meetings are free and open to the public. Prior conferences focused on Philosophy of Biology (2012-13) and Experimental Philosophy (2011-12). Our most recent conference was in April 2014 at the University of Mississippi - Conscious Thought and Thought about Consciousness, with keynote speaker David Chalmers.

March 27-28, 2015 we will meet at Millsaps College in Jackson. The featured speaker will be Robert Bernasconi (Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Penn State). There will be a session devoted to philosophy of race and open-call sessions as well. Papers are invited in philosophy of race and in any other area of philosophy. Awards of $150 and $100 will be given to the top two graduate student submissions. Submissions (full papers only; 20-30 minute reading time) should be e-mailed no later than January 15, 2015 to smithsg@millsaps.edu. Please indicate if you would be willing to serve as a commentator.

For more information about the upcoming conference, contact the vice-president, Steven Smith (smithsg@olemiss.edu). For all other inquiries, contact the secretary-treasurer, Neil Manson (namanson@olemiss.edu).

Officers for 2014-15:

PRESIDENT:

Donovan Wishon, Department of Philosophy and Religion, The University of Mississippi (dwishon@olemiss.edu)


VICE-PRESIDENT AND PROGRAM CHAIR FOR 2014-15 CONFERENCE:

Steven Smith, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Millsaps College (smithsg@millsaps.edu)


SECRETARY-TREASURER:

Neil Manson, Department of Philosophy and Religion, The University of Mississippi (namanson@olemiss.edu)


IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENTS

Bart Moffatt, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Mississippi State University

Robert Thompson
, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Mississippi State University