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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, and Nicholas Rescher. More...

Book on the history of the MSA

March 24, 2014
A new book on the history of the MSA has been published and is available at a discounted rate to members. More...

Books by MSA Members

March 24, 2014
A new page has been created listing books by MSA members. More...

2014 Conference Program Updated

March 10, 2014
Details for the 2014 meeting are now available, including the conference papers, registration information, and lodging and transportation arrangements. More...

2014 Conference Details

January 6, 2014
Details for the 2014 meeting are now available, including the conference program, registration information, and lodging and transportation arrangements. More...

2015 Conference Dates Announced

January 6, 2014
The dates for the 2015 meeting at University of Georgia have been announced. The deadline for submitting abstracts is July 1 and the deadline for the Aristotle Prize submissions is September 1. More...

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Founding President, Paul Weiss (1901-2002)