Welcome to the home page of the Mississippi Philosophical Association. As set forth in our constitution, the purpose of the MPA is to increase the understanding and appreciation of philosophy; to encourage research and advance the standards and ideals of the teaching of philosophy; and to cultivate an interest in the study of philosophy in Mississippi institutions of higher learning.
The MPA holds an annual meeting, usually in the spring, featuring papers by faculty, students, and invited speakers. Members not on the faculty of one of the four multi-person philosophy departments in the state pay $20 per year in dues, but the annual meetings are free and open to the public.
The 2019 meeting was held Saturday-Sunday, February 9-10 at the hotel and conference center for Mississippi State University, The Mill. The theme was “Why Do History in Philosophy?” The program chair was Kristin Boyce of Mississippi State and the keynote speakers were Paul C. Taylor of Vanderbilt University and Michael Kremer of the University of Chicago. This press release said more about the conference.
Here is the conference schedule.
Saturday, February 9th
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome/Opening Remarks, Kristin Boyce
9:30 – 10:15 Lynn Holt, Mississippi State University, “Strategic Presentism Has No Future: A Philosophical Prolegomonon to an Future Historicism”
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:15 David Harmon, The University of Mississippi, “The Temporal Conatus and the Problem of Motion from Eternity”
11:15 – 12:00 Christopher Buckman, Auburn University, “State of Nature Narratives as Story Telling—A Lesson from the Haudenosaunee”
12:00 – 1:15 Boxed Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 MPA Presidential Address, Alicia Hall, Mississippi State University, “Well-Being: Past, Present, and Future”
2:00– 2:45 Eli Portella, The University of Oregon, “An Island of Time: On Rorty’s Historicism, Politics, and the Philosophy of History”
2:45 – 3:30 Timothy Yenter, The University of Mississippi, “When Did Philosophy Begin? The British Debate from Bacon To Smith”
3:30 – 4:00 Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:30 Keynote Address: Paul C. Taylor, Vanderbilt University, “The Influence of Dewey on Race Theory, and Other Stories; or, How to Do Things With History”
7:00 Banquet at Restaurant Tyler (firm RSVP required 24 hours in advance)
Sunday, February 10th
9:30 – 10:00 Coffee
10:00 – 10:45 Sheldon Wein, Saint Mary’s University (Canada), “Deracinating Social Kinds: Games, Legal Systems and Religions”
10:45 – 11:30 John Bickle, Mississippi State University, “Might the Metascientific Use of History of Science Serve as a Model for Using History in Philosophy?”
11:30 – 12:15 William A. B. Parkhurst, The University of South Florida, “The Epistemological Value and Importance of Historical Scholarship: Archives, Libraries and Annotations”
12:15 – 1:45 Lunch (on your own – numerous places on or near campus); MPA Business Meeting
1:45 – 2:15 Jake Browning, The University of California-Berkeley, “”Before Consciousness was Special: Historicizing Intuitions About Consciousness”
2:15 – 2:45 Eoin O’Connell, Manhattan College, “Personhood: A Case Study in the History of Ideas”
2:45 – 3:30 Torin Alter, The University of Alabama, “History and Russellian Monism”
3:30 – 4:00 Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:30 Keynote Address: Michael Kremer, “ ‘Animals, Infants and Idiots’: The Exclusion of Intellectual Disability in Gilbert Ryle’s Philosophy of Mind”
Prior conferences focused on Well-Being (2018), Civic Studies (2017), Attention (2016), Philosophy of Race (2015), Consciousness (2014), Philosophy of Biology (2013), and Experimental Philosophy (2012). The 2020 meeting will be at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. The theme will be “Astrobiology: Philosophical Issues and Implications.” The conference will be held in conjunction with the 2020 meeting of SSoCIA – the Society for Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology. That meeting will run March 26-29 of 2020, and the keynote speakers will be Simon Conway Morris of Cambridge University and Seth Shostak of SETI. The call for papers can be found here.