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SPEP Session and Reception at 2011 Eastern APA

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Those of you at the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Washington, D.C., are invited to join us for a SPEP Session and Reception on:

Wednesday Evening
December 28th
Group Session V – 5:15 – 7:15 P.M.

Chair: Debra Bergoffen (American University)

Speaker: Leonard Lawlor (Pennsylvania State University)

What Happened? What is going to Happen? An Essay on the Experience of the Event

Commentator: Ann Murphy (Fordham University)

Reception to Follow.

SPEP Resolution on the Pluralist’s Guide to Philosophy

The passage of the following resolution is not intended to endorse the methodologies or conclusions of the Pluralist’s Guide to Philosophy but to express, on behalf of the SPEP membership, appreciation of and support for the efforts of the Pluralist’s Guide to inform prospective students about graduate programs friendly to philosophical pluralism. For a statement regarding SPEP’s position on all ranking statements see: http://www.spep.org/?page_id=78.

Proposal for Resolution for SPEP Members Regarding the Pluralist’s Guide to Philosophy (accepted, with amendments, 10-21-2011 at the SPEP Business Meeting)

I. The membership of the Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy supports the independent efforts of the new Pluralist’s Guide to Philosophy to:

  1. provide new sources of information on areas of philosophy that remain underrepresented in most doctoral programs in the discipline and
  2. provide information on the conditions for women and minorities in graduate philosophy programs.

The membership of SPEP has long championed pluralistic approaches to philosophy, as well as increased diversity in a field that continues to have the lowest representation by women and people of color compared to all other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

II. For the same set of reasons, the membership also supports the new APA-sponsored Guide to Graduate Study in Philosophy, which complements the Pluralist’s Guide by providing a comprehensive survey of all Ph.D. and M.A. graduate programs in the U.S. It includes concise information on women and people of color among faculty and graduate students as well as figures on average number of years to completion of the degree and placement data, while furnishing a profile of departments’ distinctive emphases.

III. We commend those committed to providing enhanced information about doctoral programs in philosophy in the US, as well as those working to promote diversity in the profession. While we appreciate those who have engaged in constructive dialogue about both Guides and their production, we condemn the incivility that has marked some criticisms, especially ad hominem attacks on the Pluralist’s Guide’s organizers and contributors as well as on SPEP and its membership despite the latter’s independence from the construction of this Guide. We are grateful to the authors of and contributors to both Guides for their work. Philosophy currently faces unprecedented marginalization within the academy; we support efforts to move past archaic divisions and find common ground.

APA to Publish Guide to Graduate Study in Philosophy


Ed Casey, past President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, reports that on his initiative the national board of the APA has undertaken a massive survey of all M.A. and Ph.D. graduate programs in Philosophy in the United States.

This survey is meant to be informative in quite detailed ways regarding the number, composition, gender ratio, and racial identities of faculty members as well as graduate students.

Data concerning average years to completion of graduate degrees will be given as well as job placement figures. A special column will allow programs to give a profile of themselves and to specify what they offer that is truly distinctive.

There will be no ranking whatsoever of the 243 graduate programs surveyed. The aim is to help prospective graduate students make informed decisions.

The results of this comprehensive study will become available this fall on the APA website under the heading of “Guide to Study in Philosophy.”

Alcoff Elected Vice-President of Eastern APA

Linda AlcoffSPEP is pleased to congratulate long time member, Linda Alcoff, for her recent election as Vice-President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. After a year as Vice-President, she will become President of the APA in the 2012-13 academic year.

Linda Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Her work focuses on social identity and race, epistemology, politics and violence, Foucault, and Latino Studies.  She has edited 9 volumes and written two books: Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (Oxford 2006), Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory (Cornell 1996).

She has served on the Executive Committee of the APA and as Co-director of SPEP. We wish her the best of success in her new position.