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Tennessee Philosophical Association
49th Annual Meeting: Oct. 27-28, 2017
Vanderbilt University

 John J. Compton Memorial Lecture and TPA Keynote

Speaker: Samuel Scheffler, New York University



[Title to be announced]

Friday, 7:30 P.M., 114 Furman Hall, followed by a spirited reception


Sessions: Saturday, Furman Hall
9:00 am through 5:00 pm

9:00-9:55 a.m.

10:00-10:55 a.m.

11:00-11:55 a.m.

12:00-12:05 p.m.

Business Meeting:  Elections for President and Secretary;  Furman 109

12:05-1:25 p.m.

Lunch:  On your own  (see insert in conference packet for local eateries)

1:30-2:25 p.m.

2:30-3:25 p.m.

 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Abstracts of papers

9:00-9:55 a.m.


The Association will reserve a block of rooms (at a nearby hotel) for conference-goers.  Reservation information will be posted here as soon as it is available.

For one or two persons, a relatively inexpensive alternative is to stay at the Scarritt Bennett Center.  Scarritt Bennett, once a Methodist seminary, is a short walk from Furman Hall.  Accommodations are singles in dormitory buildings (two rooms per bath) and are very modestly priced at only $50 (plus about $10 tax) per person per night (http://www.scarrittbennett.org/accomodations/rooms-rates/).

Unfortunately, TPA is not able to reserve a block of rooms at Scarritt Bennett, so you must fend for yourself.  Rooms are let on a first come first serve basis.  If you wish to take advantage of this option, it would be wise to make your reservation as soon as you decide definitely that you will attend the meetings.  Call 1-866-420-5486 (toll free) or 615-340-7500 (prompt 2) to make reservations.



Parking for the keynote address on Friday night, as well as parking for the TPA sessions all day on Saturday, is available in the Vanderbilt parking lots along 21st Ave, close to Furman Hall. N.B.: To err on the side of caution, you might want to place a note on your dash saying "Here to attend the meeting of the Tennessee Philosophical Association in Furman Hall. Please do not ticket."


Call for Papers

Papers are welcome on topics in any area of philosophy.  Maximum length is 3,000 words for the body of the paper (approximately 10 double-spaced pages). Head your paper with a short abstract of no more than 100 words. Please use Times New Roman or other suitable 12 point font.

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred.  Please include your title, 100-word abstract, and word count in your submission email.  The paper itself may be in Word, rtf, or PDF format.  If you cannot submit electronically, mail two hardcopies to the association president; be sure to include an email address for follow up communication.

If you might be willing to comment on a paper, please indicate the areas in which you would be happy to serve as a commentator.

Deadline: Deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday, September 1, 2017.

Submissions should be sent directly to our President:

Mark Hopwood
        [subject line: "TPA submission"]

Snail mail:
Mark Hopwood
Department of Philosophy
The University of the South
375 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383

Respondents:  We will issue a call for commentators in mid-September; please help by volunteering and encouraging your advanced students and colleagues to do so, too.

Decisions will be sent in mid-September.


A map and directions to Furman Hall are available on the Vanderbilt Website.  You will need to click the "Back" button to return to the TPAWeb site after you go to Vandy's  map and directions to Furman Hall.

Furman Hall --Photograph by Neil Brake

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