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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...

The MSA would like to publicly acknowledge generous donations from the following organizations:

The Paul K. Jaudes and Nancy K. Frankenberry Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation
The Hocking-Cabot Fund


Nature and its Meanings

Lawrence Cahoone, College of the Holy Cross (President)
Keynote Speaker: Mario De Caro, Università Roma Tre/Tufts University
Dates: March 19 - 21 2021

Announcement of 2021 Metaphysical Society Meeting The Metaphysical Society of America’s 71st annual meeting, which had been scheduled for March 2020 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, but had to be postponed because of the COVID pandemic, will take place March 19-21, 2021. The same speakers will be featured. In January we will make our final determination as to whether there will be an in-person component in Worcester, Massachusetts at the Hilton Garden Inn, or whether the conference will be entirely online.

Speakers’ papers will be attached to this website and accessible to registrants only. If the conference is fully remote, registrants from 2020 will be automatically registered for Spring 2021, requiring no registration fee (although a $30 donation is appreciated for defraying costs). If a hybrid conference takes place, we will have to charge those who will be physically present a fee to pay for hotel services.

Please see the 2020/2021 conference page HERE for additional information and meeting schedule.

Call For Papers Now Available!

Meeting Program Now Available Here!

Register now through the PayPal link below or via mail with the Mail-In Registration Form

Hilton Garden Inn,
35 Major Taylor Blvd, Worcester, MA 01608
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NOTE: All presenters must be up to date on Annual Dues and must register no later than 5 March to remain on the Program. To attend the annual banquet please be sure to register by March 1.

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Founding President, Paul Weiss (1901-2002)