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Society for Philosophy
and Psychology

minding minds since 1974

About

The Society for Philosophy and Psychology is the premier scientific and educational organization for philosophically interested psychologists and psychologically interested philosophers in North America. The purpose of the SPP is to promote interaction between philosophers, psychologists and other cognitive scientists on issues of common concern.

The SPP held its first meeting October 24-26, 1974 at MIT. It met for a second time Spring 1976 at Cornell University. At this second meeting, conferees passed a constitution and elected officers. Jerry Fodor, then of MIT, was the first SPP president. The SPP prides itself on holding small meetings with significant interaction between participants and a highly selective review process for contributed papers.

The SPP is a IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization.

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Annual Meeting and Call for Papers

The 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology will be held 18-21 June 2014. It will be held on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, co-hosted with Simon Fraser University. To honor the 40th anniversary, there will be a symposium to honor Fred Dretske and talks by the "Greats of SPP"

The SPP holds an annual meeting, usually held in June. Meetings consist of invited lectures and symposia, contributed papers, and a Presidential address. Social events include a receptiosn and lunch meetings. SPP encourages suggestions for the invited portion of the program for upcoming meetings. These should be directed to this year's Program Co-Chairs. We also encourage members (especially non-philosophers) to submit contributed papers to the meeting. Programs of past meetings are available.

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Membership

Membership in the Society for Philosophy and Psychology is open to anyone interested in joining. Annual membership dues are $60.00 per year for faculty, $40.00 for post-docs and others with limited income, and $25.00 for students. There is also a Lifetime Membership option for $600.00. Online membership and dues payment is available for your use. Members are entitled to vote on all issues at the annual business meeting (including election of officers) and are automatically added to the SPP e-mail list servers.

The list servers are used to inform subscribers about SPP matters such as the annual meetings, calls for papers, and membership benefits.

Note: the SPP list servers are not forums for electronic discussion. We maintain two lists. The spp-announce list will only be used for official SPP business. A second list spp-misc is used for conference calls, etc., from non-SPP organizations that the list moderator believes are likely to be of interest to SPP members.

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Prizes

Each year the SPP awards three prizes at its annual meeting. Congratulations to the recent winners.

The 2014 Stanton Award, for a young scholar in philosophy or psychology who has begun making significant contributions to interdisciplinary research and has been active in SPP, will go to Fiery Cushman (Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University). The 2013 award went to Edouard Machery (Philosophy, and HPS, Pittsburgh).

The 2013 William James Prize, for the best contributed paper by a graduate student was awarded to Chaz Firestone (Psychology, Yale University), for his talk "Top-down effects where none should be found: The ElGreco fallacy in perception research."

The 2012 Poster Prizes were awarded to Sydney Levine (Philosophy, Rutgers) and David Rose (Philosophy, Rutgers), for "Harm, Affect, and the Moral/Conventional Distinction: Revisited." And to Jonathan Phillips (Philosophy, Yale) and Liane Young (Psychology, Boston College, for "Resolving the Paradox of Moral Focus: Why You Forced Him To Do it Even Though He Wasn’t Forced To."

The Stanton award is presented in honor Harry and Betty Stanton of Bradford Books/The MIT Press. The executive committee selects the winner of the Stanton Prize. SPP members are invited to send nominations for the 2015 prize to the chair of the Stanton Prize committee at stantonprize@gmail.com.

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Officers and Constitution

The SPP elects officers and Executive Committee members at its annual business meeting. The President serves a one year term, and also serves as President-elect and Past President (ex officio positions on the Executive Committee) in the years before and after he or she presides. The President appoints Program Co-Chairs for the annual meeting of the year he or she presides. The Secretary-Treasurer serves a three-year term, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the SPP. Executive Committee members serve three-year terms, on a rotational basis. The SPP makes every reasonable effort to keep an equal number of philosophers and scientists on the Executive Committee every year, to have both a philosopher and a scientist as yearly Program Co-Chairs, and to alternate the President yearly between philosophers and scientists.

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Contact

The SPP welcomes inquiries about its activities. Address correspondence to the Secretary-Treasurer:

Tony Chemero
Department of Philosophy
206 McMicken Hall
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-037

e-mail: sppsectreas@gmail.com

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