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2012 SPEP Conference Program

SPEP 2012 Program Cover

We are very happy to announce the details of the 51st Annual SPEP Conference to be held in Rochester, NY, November 1-3, 2012.

The 2012 SPEP Program is now available.

We invite you to visit the Philosophy Documentation Center’s SPEP Conference Registration webpage to register for the 2012 conference in Rochester and pay your annual dues for the 2012-2013 membership year.

Register online to avoid additional on-site charges.

For information on the hotel, please visit the SPEP registration page at the Hyatt Regency Rochester or call: 888-421-1442.

Mention SPEP when you book your reservation for the conference price of $130.00/night for up to quadruple occupancy.

We look forward to our time together in November.

2012 SPEP Registration is Open

Freddy_SueRegistration for the 51st annual meeting of SPEP is now open.

This year’s conference will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency in Rochester, NY from November 1-3, 2012.

Registration and annual dues may be paid online through The Philosophy Documentation Center at the 2012 SPEP Registration Page.

Register online to avoid additional on-site charges.

For information on the hotel, please visit the SPEP registration page of the Hyatt Regency Rochester or call: 888-421-1442.

Mention SPEP when you book your reservation for the conference price of $130.00/night for up to quadruple occupancy.

The final program will be mailed in August. An online version of the program will be available by the end of the summer.

2012 SPEP Call for Papers

Rochester, NY Skyline via _Yoshi_ on Flickr

The 2012 SPEP Call for Papers for the 51st Annual Conference in Rochester, NY hosted by Rochester Institute of Technology and Nazareth College is now available.

The Deadline is 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
Please make sure you download and read the details of the call for papers and panel proposals.  All submissions are considered under a blind review process.
The deadline for nominating books for Current Research Sessions is also Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

2011 SPEP Conference Final Preparations

Philly! by Jakob Montrasio via Flickr

We look forward to seeing everyone in Philadelphia later this week!

In preparation for the business meeting on Friday, October 21st at 5:30 in the ballroom at the Sheraton Society Hill, we are posting two items for your review.

  1. The 2011 Advocacy Committee Resolution: the resolution concerns SPEP’s support for pluralistic approaches to philosophy, including the independent efforts of the new Pluralist’s Guide to Philosophy.
  2. SPEP Ad Hoc Governance Committee Memo: the memo articulates a motion to be brought to the floor in which the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee on SPEP Governance is proposed.
We also invite you to participate online via various social media sites. The hashtag we will use for the conference is: #SPEP11. If you take pictures and post them on Flickr or elsewhere, if you blog or tweet about the conference, please do use the hashtag so they can be easily located and followed.

SPEP 2011 Food and Drink Guide for Philadelphia

Restaurant Floor by Vilseskogen via Flickr

Center City Philadelphia is organized according to what can be called the Milesian Plan, that name coming from the 6th century BC Milesian school, used by Alexander the Great and later the Romans in setting up colonies.  This means Philadelphia is laid out along an easily navigable grid pattern with one longitudinal and one traverse artery, Broad and Market Street respectively.

Philadelphia is also city of neighborhoods.  Sheraton Society Hill is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Old City district.  Old City, anchored by Second Street, (just a short walk from the SPEP hotel) is a combination of beautiful old buildings, cobble stone streets, tourists, boutiques, galleries and lots of bars and restaurants.

Many of your dining and entertainment needs can be met right here.  The 2011 SPEP food and drink guide 2011 we provide here indicates the best options in this neighborhood and in the city generally.

Price ranges for entrées are indicated on a relative scale of one to four dollar signs ($ – $$$$).  Finally, if you want to be out and about without paying a fortune in cab fare, you can hop on any of the westbound buses on Walnut St. or go up to Market Street to catch the Market-Frankford line armed with $2 to head to addresses beyond walking distance in Center City.

2011 50th Anniversary SPEP Conference

50th Anniversary SPEP Conference Cover Design

We are very happy to announce the details of the 50th Anniversary SPEP Conference to be held in Philadelphia, October 19-22, 2011.

The 2011 SPEP Program is now available here.

We invite you to visit the Philosophy Documentation Center’s SPEP Conference Registration webpage to register for the 2011 conference in Philadelphia, pay your Annual Dues for the 2011-2012 Membership Year, and register for the 50th Anniversary Banquet Dinner.

Please note: to attend the conference you must pay BOTH conference registration fees and annual dues. If you would like to renew your membership or join SPEP without registering for the conference, please visit the Philosophy Documentation Center’s SPEP Membership webpage.

The 2011 50th Anniversary Conference will take place at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel: 1 Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

This year the conference will start on Wednesday afternoon, October 19th.

We will have special anniversary sessions featured throughout the conference, culminating in a banquet dinner on Saturday evening, October 22nd followed by a reception featuring music and dancing.

All attendees are cordially invited to the banquet dinner on Saturday, October 22nd at 8:00 p.m. Please join us for a celebration of those who have participated and contributed to the success of SPEP in the last 50 years. Our banquet will include a brief program of acknowledgements, a piano concert by Michael Kim, a special menu created by Executive Chef Glen Matlack, and a complimentary selection of fine wines.

To register for the banquet dinner (cost is $60) and make your entrée selection, please visit the Philosophy Documentation Center’s SPEP registration page.

All attendees are invited to attend the après-dinner reception including dancing and cash bar at 10:00 p.m.

Room Reservations

Lodging for conference participants has been arranged at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, One Dock Street (Second & Walnut Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19106. Phone: (215) 238-6000.

Ask for the SPEP room block or book directly online at our group reservations website:

  • Conference rate: $175 (single & double); Additional Persons $20. Hotel includes fitness center, sauna, and indoor pool. Wi-Fi is complimentary in the lobby. The hotel is located adjacent to the waterfront and set within America’s most famous square mile, blocks from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, world class restaurants, night clubs, theaters, and shopping.

Note: Room reservations must be made by 12:00 a.m. on September 26, 2011. Please mention the SPEP conference rate.

Graduate Student Accommodations

For information contact Laura McMahon at

Book Exhibit

All inquiries related to this year’s book exhibit should be directed to Rachel Aumiller, book exhibit coordinator (raumil01 (at)