**NOTICE** – We regret to announce that the 2020 meeting of the Mississippi Philosophical Association has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. We plan to host the conference at the same location in a year’s time.**
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 2020 meeting will be at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, March 27-28. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. Friday and end at 6:00 p.m. Saturday. The theme will be “Astrobiology: Philosophical Issues and Implications.” The program is here. The keynote speakers will be Simon Conway Morris of Cambridge University and Seth Shostak of SETI. 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 27-29. Please note that $20 dues only cover the MPA portion of the program; eligibility for non-MPA SSoCIA events and benefits requires registering for SSoCIA.
Prior conferences themes include: Why Should We Do History of Philosophy? (2019), Well-Being (2018), Civic Studies (2017), Attention (2016), Philosophy of Race (2015), Consciousness (2014), Philosophy of Biology (2013), and Experimental Philosophy (2012).