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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, Nicholas Rescher, and Eleonore Stump. More...

2015 Meeting Announcements

April 26, 2015
Election results: VP/President-Elect, Eleonore Stump; Executive Council, Michael Baur

2015 Findlay Book Prize winner: Lawrence Cahoone, The Orders of Nature

Call for Abstracts for 2016

January 1, 2015
The call for abstracts for the 2016 meeting of the Society in Annapolis, Maryland is now available. Please circulate it widely and consider submitting an abstract. More...

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Founding President, Paul Weiss (1901-2002)