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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 not on the faculty of one of the four multi-person philosophy departments in the state pay $20 per year in dues, but the annual meetings are free and open to the public.

The next meeting will be February 9-10, 2018 at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. The theme of the conference will be "Well-being and Happiness." The keynote speaker will be Valerie Tiberius of the University of Minnesota. Those interested in submitting a paper should send a 500-word abstract only. Include a title page with the title of the presentation, your name, your institutional affiliation, your e-mail address, and your postal address. The abstract should be prepared for blind review and sent as a separate file (.doc or pdf only). E-mail submissions to Alicia Hall (ahall@philrel.msstate.edu). Submissions must be received by December 1st, 2017. Authors will be notified by December 15th. There will be cash prizes for best graduate student presentations: $200 for first and $100 for second. If eligible, please note your graduate student status on the title page of your submission.

Prior conferences focused on Attention (2015-16), Philosophy of Race (2014-15), Consciousness (2013-14), Philosophy of Biology (2012-13) and Experimental Philosophy (2011-12). Our most recent conference was in February 2017 at Mississippi State University. The theme was Civic Studies, with Peter Levine of Tufts University as the keynote speaker.

Levine spoke on moral network maps. He also engaged with the audience.

 

 

Winner of the first-place prize for best graduate student submission was Derik Timmerman.

Officers for 2017-18:

PRESIDENT:

Anthony Neal, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Mississippi State University (aneal@philrel.msstate.edu)


VICE-PRESIDENT AND PROGRAM CHAIR FOR 2016-17 CONFERENCE:

Alicia Hall, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Mississippi State University (AHall@philrel.msstate.edu)

SECRETARY-TREASURER:

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


IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENTS

Mike Bruno, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Mississippi State University (mbruno@philrel.msstate.edu)

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

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

Donovan Wishon, Department of Philosophy and Religion, the University of Mississippi

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