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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

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


Metaphysical Traditions in Dialogue

Owen Goldin, Marquette University (President)
Keynote Speaker: D. A. Masolo, Professor of Philosophy, Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville
Dates: March 24 - 27 2022

Call For Papers
For more information see the conference page here

Announcement of 2022 Metaphysical Society Meeting The Metaphysical Society of America’s 72st annual meeting, has been scheduled for March 2022 at the Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As of the current date (19 April 2021) the 2022 meeting will be taking place in person unless unforseen events forstall this meeting. If you have any questions please contact Professor Owen Goldin at

The 2022 conference schedule can be found on the page HERE!

NOTE: All presenters must be up to date on Annual Dues.


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Founding President, Paul Weiss (1901-2002)