2018 SAAP ANNUAL MEETING will be March 8-10 in Indianapolis, IN. Details to come.

2017 Summer Institute will be 10-15 July in Eugene, OR. The institute is now accepting registration and lodging payments.  The website can be found at: This summer we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Summer Institute so we hope many of you can join us for this special occasion.  In addition to a great program, please note that the on-campus housing is in a much newer residence hall that is right next to the Law School where our events are held. The call for papers was sent out earlier, and can also be found at the website.  Submissions are due at the end of March. 

SAAP Statement on the Presidential Inauguration

SAAP 2017 44th ANNUAL MEETING: Birmingham, AL; March 16-18, 2017 Online registration is live! Here is your one stop place for making reservations, registering, etc. 

2016 Richard Rorty Society inaugural meeting, 8-10 September. "Crossing Boundaries: Rorty?s Promise" to be held at Hamilton College (Clinton, New York)  Keynote Speakers TBA. Details are here.

2015 Summer Institute in American Philosophy took place June 8-13, 2015 at the University College Dublin. The final program is here.

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

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SAAP Grant Program

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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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SAAP 2017 44th ANNUAL MEETING: Birmingham, AL; March 16-18, 2017 

Online registration is live! Click here for your one stop place for making reservations, registering, etc.

Hotel information for Birmingham in 2017 is here.

Call for papers is here.

Last year's 2016 program can still be found here.


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.

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