The Metaphysical Society of America
Founded in 1950
Constituent of the American Council of Learned Societies
The Metaphysical Society of America is an
organization of professional philosophers that meets once annually
to discuss issues of fundamental concern in all of the major areas
of philosophical reflection. It is a society committed to the
principle that philosophical thought is open to a variety of
different traditions and methodologies, and at its annual meeting,
it provides a forum for the discussion of the questions that have
animated philosophical debate from the start. As the opening
declaration of its constitution states, “The purpose of the
Metaphysical Society of America is the study of reality.” The Society has no
publication of its own, but has from its inception maintained a
close informal relation with the Review of Metaphysics.
Since 1958 it has been a constituent of the American Council of Learned Societies.
Past Presidents include Paul Weiss, Charles Hartshorne, W. E. Hocking, John Herman Randall, Errol Harris, John E. Smith, J. N. Findlay, Wilfrid Sellars, Joseph Owens, Stanley Rosen, Robert Cummings Neville, and Nicholas Rescher. More...
May 19, 2014
The dates for the 2014 meeting at Williams have been announced. Also, the deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to July 1 and the deadlie for the Aristotle Prize has been extended to September 1. More...
January 30, 2013
Thanks to the generosity of members of the Metaphysical Society and a grant from the Hocking-Cabot Fund for Systematic Philosophy, starting with the 2014 meeting the Society will award one or two travel grants a year to assist graduate students in traveling to the annual meeting. More...
January 27, 2013
The Call for Papers for the 65th annual meeting of the MSA is now available. President-Elect Alan White has chosen the theme "Questions of Being." More...
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Founding President, Paul Weiss (1901-2002)