American Philosophies Forum

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Recognizing the pluralistic, frequently contested character of American life, the American Philosophies Forum aims:  1) to contribute to the critical development, imaginative growth, and shared understanding of American philosophical traditions; and, 2) to bring the resources of these multiple philosophies to bear on the reconstruction of contemporary culture and the amelioration of its problems.


To accomplish these two goals, the American Philosophies Forum sponsors two corresponding activities:  1) a small institute and a larger symposium (in alternating years) for scholars of American thought and culture, as well as publications resulting from these meetings; and, 2) a bi-annual conference (with workshops and policy sessions) that brings scholars and theorists together with government, business, educational, media, science, arts, non-profit, and other local, national, and trans-national community leaders and practitioners. 


The 2023 Conference
Topic:  Relations and Ruptures
Dates:  April 6-8, 2023
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA (UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel and Conference Center)
Call for Abstracts--due November 1, 2022


Past Conferences

The 2022 Conference
Topic:  Freedom and Liberation
Dates:  April 7-9, 2022
Location:  Atlanta, Georgia USA (Marriott Atlanta/Decatur Downtown/Emory Courtyard)

The 2021 Conference
Topic: Fearing/Desiring
Dates: April 8-10, 2021
Location: Online

The 2019 Conference
Topic: Truth
Dates: April 4-6, 2019
Location: Atlanta, Georgia USA (Marriott Atlanta/Decatur Downtown/Emory Courtyard)

The 2018 Conference
Topic: Memory, Mood, Hope, and Action
Dates: April 5-7, 2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana USA (SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center)

The 2017 Conference
Topic: Tasks of Philosophy: Looking Ahead
Dates: April 6-8, 2017
Location: Decatur, Georgia, USA (Marriott Atlanta/Decatur Downtown/Emory Courtyard Hotel)

The 2016 Conference
Topic: American Assemblages
Dates: April 7-9, 2016
Location: Key West, Florida, USA (Marriott Key West Beachside Hotel)

The 2015 Conference
Topic: Goods, Evils, and Pleasures
Dates: April 2-4, 2015
Location: Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Savannah, GA, USA

The 2014 Conference
Topic: Crossings, Hybrids, Genres
Dates: April 3-5, 2014
Location: Stony Brook Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA

The 2013 Institute
Topic:  Philosophy and Its Styles
Dates:  July 28-August 2, 2013
Location:  Seneca Institute, Rock Stream, New York, USA

The 2013 Conference
Topic:  The Ineffable: Singularity, Life, and the Limits of Language
Dates:  April 4-6, 2013
Location:  Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA 

The 2012 Symposium
Topic:  The Nature of Justice: Poverty, Development, and the Environment
Dates:  April 12-14, 2012
Location:  State College, PA, USA
Sponsors: Emory University (USA) and Rock Ethics Institute and Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs, Penn State University (USA)

The 2011 Institute
Topic:  Public Philosophy
Dates:  July 27-31, 2011
Location:  Seneca Institute, Rock Stream, New York, USA

The 2011 Conference
Topic:  Cosmopolitanism and Place
Dates:  June 2-4, 2011
Location: Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
Sponsors: Emory University (USA) and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (SPAIN)

The 2010 Symposium
Topic:  The Future of Ethics
Dates:  April 8-10, 2010
Location: Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

The 2009 Institute
Topic:  Politics, Communities, and Temperaments
Dates:  July 20-25, 2009
Location:  Seneca Institute, Rock Stream, New York, USA

The 2009 Conference
Topic:  Pragmatism about Democracy and the Media
Dates:  April 2-4, 2009
Location: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The 2008 Symposium
Topic:  Words, Bodies, War
Dates:  April 3-5, 2008
Location:  Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA



John J. Stuhr
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and American Studies
Emory University  (

Advisory Board

Vincent M. Colapietro
            Adjunct Professor of the Humanities, University of Rhode Island (
            Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy & African American Studies, Emeritus,
            Penn State University

Megan Craig
           Associate Professor of Philosophy
           Stony Brook University (

Jennifer Hansen
           Professor of Philosophy
           St. Lawrence University (

Robert Innis
            Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus
            University of Massachusetts, Lowell (

John T. Lysaker
            William R. Kenan Professor of Philosophy and Chair, Department of Philosophy
            Emory University (  

José M. Medina
            Walter Dill Scott Professor of Philosophy
            Northwestern University (

Eduardo Mendieta
            Professor of Philosophy and Associate Director, Rock Ethics Institute
            Penn State University (

Melvin Rogers
           Associate Professor of Political Science
           Brown University (

Charles E. Scott
            Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University 
            Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University (

Richard Shusterman
            The Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Humanities, 
            Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture
            Florida Atlantic University (

Paul Taylor
            W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy
            Vanderbilt University (

Nancy Tuana
            DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Women's Studies
            Penn State University (

Emily Zakin
            Professor of Philosophy
            Miami University (

Persons interested in receiving announcements, further information, and arrangement details for APF conferences, symposia, institutes, and publications are invited to become Associates of the American Philosophies Forum by e-mailing name, address (and institutional affiliation, if any), and e-mail address to:
(Note that the American Philosophies Forum is not an academic “society.”  There are no membership dues, event registration fees, business meetings, or similar bureaucratic structures.)  

Persons interested in developing ideas or pursuing particular projects through, in association with, or linked to the American Philosophies Forum are encouraged to contact the Director or any member of the Advisory Board. 


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