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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 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...

2017 Conference Registration

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The Metaphysics of Contingency: East & West
Nancy K Frankenberry, Dartmouth College (President)
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (Keynote speaker)
Harvard University Hillel Center (Beren Hall)
March 30 - April 2

  • Conference Program Conference lodgings at Marriott Couryard Boston-Cambridge, 777 Memorial Drive  Cambridge, MA 02139 USA (617-492-7777).  Rooms are available for $159/night plus tax.  On-site parking available for $35/night.

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  • Founding President, Paul Weiss (1901-2002)