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The Metaphysical Society of America
Founded in 1950
Constituent of the American Council of Learned Societies

71st Annual Meeting

Nature and its Meanings

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
March 19-22, 2020

Dear Colleagues,
I regret to announce that the Metaphysical Society meeting which was to take place March 19-22 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, is cancelled. This is the consensus of the Executive Committee and the President. We hope to reschedule this theme and these contributions for some future time.
The reason is of course the spread of the Coronavirus-2019 virus. As late as Friday March 6 it still appeared that the conference could be safely held. Then Tuesday the Governor of Massachusetts announced a State of Emergency, strongly discouraging travel to conferences. Today the College of the Holy Cross announced it would effectively close this weekend, and permit no meetings, for the foreseeable future. We considered switching to another nearby venue, but similar virus-related problems remain. And there is no guarantee that the situation will not be worse next week.
I realize this is both a disappointment for people who took the time to write fine papers and commentaries, and a possible financial loss for those arranging un-refundable travel. Perhaps this announcement may have some use regarding the later. As to the former, the Executive Committee is hoping to reschedule, and we would want to include as many of those whose papers were accepted, and commentators who graciously agreed to join them, as is possible.
I am grateful for your contribution to the only philosophical society whose mission can be put in one sentence, as Paul Weiss wrote in the first article of our Constitution: “The purpose of the Metaphysical Society of America is the study of reality.”

Very best wishes,

Lawrence Cahoone, Ph.D.
President of the Metaphysical Society
Professor of Philosophy
College of the Holy Cross

Conference Details

Conference Host

MSA President, Lawrence Cahoone College of the Holy Cross

Aristotle Prize
Papers submitted by persons who have not yet earned a Ph.D. or whose Ph.D. is less than 5 years old at the time of submission will be considered for the Aristotle Prize if the Program Committee is alerted to eligibility. 

The prize carries a cash award of $500, inclusion in the program, and assistance with costs associated with attending the meeting. Please encourage graduate students and junior colleagues to consider entering the competition. Papers submitted for the Aristotle Prize must be complete by September 1, 2019. Please encourage graduate students and junior colleagues to consider entering the annual competition.

Conference Registration: Note, it is not necessary to register for the conference to submit a paper, but it is necessary in order to deliver it.


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