Top of page
Skip to main content
Main content

American Philosophies Forum


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 2025 Conference

Topic:  Communication
Dates:  April 3-5, 2025
Location: Austin, Texas, USA

The 2024 Conference
Topic: Education
Dates: April 4-6, 2024
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA (Atlanta/Downtown Decatur/Emory Courtyard Marriott)

The 2023 Conference
Topic: Relations and Ruptures
Dates: April 6-8, 2023
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA (UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel and Conference Center)

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
opic:  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 (

Jessica Locke
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Loyola University, Maryland (

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
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
Presidential Professor of Philosophy

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 (