The SAAP 2015 Annual Meeting will be at Grand Valley State University, March 5-7, 2015 and the program is online, here. The conference website is here.

Summer Institute in American Philosophy June 8-13, 2015 will take place at the University College Dublin. It will feature panels on "Pragmatism and Feminism," "Pragmatism and Critical Theory,""Pragmatist and Eastern Philosophy," and "Pragmatism and Analytic Philosophy." Confirmed keynote speakers include: Robert Brandom (in person) and Hilary Putnam (via Skype). More details coming.

New list of places to study pragmatism and American Philosophy is now online here.

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Those looking for information about SAAP grants for graduate students attending our conferences can find it here:

SAAP Grant Program

Those looking for information about the SAAP Grant Program can find it here:
Contact is: Bill Myers

Recent Conference: SAAP 2011 was held in Spokane, Washington, March 10-12, 2011.

SAAP's Journal:

The Pluralist is the official journal of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. In addition to research articles, The Pluralist also includes highlights from the SAAP annual meeting, Presidential addresses, Founders' addresses, and other Society-related information.Pluralist website is here. (12 Oct. 2009)

Recent losses:

Jo Ann Boydston, obituary is here.

Richard Robin, obituary is here.

Michael Eldridge, obituary and Memorial Fund

Audio and Video on Obama as pragmatist are now online, here, under Audio/Video Resources.

Remembering Peter Hare: a tribute can be downloaded, here.

Angus Carmichael Kerr-Lawson, 1932-2011; profile, here.

SAAP Bylaws posted.


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To make a donation for the Inter-American Philosophy Award, click here. The donation will be received and directed to support the Inter-American Philosophy Award for the best submitted paper concerning Latin American, Latino/a, or indigenous philosophies across the Americas. The Award includes a cash prize, and the winning paper will be published in *The Inter-American Journal of Philosophy*.


Welcome to the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP). SAAP exists to advance American philosophy by promoting interest and research in its history, encouraging original and creative work in its spirit, and providing forums for the exchange of information and ideas.

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SAAP 2015 Annual Meeting, March 5-7, 2015

Program for SAAP 2015 is here

Main conference website is here

skyline Grand Rapids

Photo courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

Grand Valley State University is proud to host the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, to be held March 5-7, 2015, at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The theme for this year's conference is 'Sustainability.'

The program for SAAP 2015 is here, and the main conference website is here. This is the place where people can access the on-line registration form and get information about accommodations for the conference and transportation to Grand Rapids. It is also the place where people can get information about dining, entertainment, and cultural attractions in the Grand Rapids area.
To learn even more about the dining, entertainment and cultural attractions in the Grand Rapids area, read the Experience Grand Rapids Visitor's Guide. The Visitor's Guide is published twice a year by Experience Grand Rapids.

We are looking forward to you joining us for the conference! If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Dwayne Tunstall at 616-331-3415 or by email at or Kelly Parker at 616-331-2114 or by email at .

The SAAP 2015 Annual Meeting will be at Grand Valley State University, March 5-7, 2015 and the Call for Papers is here (PDF)


Philip McReynold's film, American Philosopher

William James: The Psychology of Possibility (an excerpt, with John J. McDermott)

The film is available, here, from Davidson Films.

Connect... graduate programs in philosophy with opportunities for coursework and degrees on American philosophy. See our resources page, here.

The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP) is incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions to SAAP are tax-deductible.