Friday, July 10, 2015

KPA 2015 Summer Workshop

The KPA 2015 Summer Workshop will be held at Centre College (Danville, KY) on Wednesday, July 23-Thursday, July 24.

This summer workshop allows scholars to share and develop their philosophical work in more depth with the help of a critical but supportive community.

Information about the workshop can be found at the KPA 2015 Summer Workshop Website.

For more information, contact Eva Cadavid, Centre College,

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Program: Joint Meeting of the Kentucky Philosophical Association and the Indiana Philosophical Association

Kentucky Philosophical Association

Spring 2015 Meeting, 10-11 April
Held Jointly with the Indiana Philosophical Association (IPA)
Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, KY
Keynote Speaker
Kate Abramson
Indiana University
Meeting Information:

Full program, registration, and accommodation information is available at the IPA website and in PDF format here.
Congratulations to Taylor Shofner (Centre College), whose paper, "A Critical Examination of Plato's Developed Account of Knowledge," was the winning entry in the annual KPA Student Essay Contest.

Congratulations also to runner-up John Winstead (Western Kentucky).

Monday, February 9, 2015

Call for Abstracts: KPA Summer Workshop

Kentucky Philosophical Association (KPA)
Summer 2015 Workshop
July 23-24, 2015
Hosted at Centre College, Danville, KY

Call for Abstracts

Submissions deadline May 15, 2015

The KPA invites the submission of abstracts for papers (4,000-7,000 words) on any topic
in philosophy. We invite faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to share in
the opportunity to present and discuss their current work.

Abstracts should be 150 words or less. A draft of the accepted paper will be due by July
10, 2015 and distributed among the participants. Each participant will have 80 minutes
for their work, which includes an overview of the paper and discussion.

Please email submissions to Eva Cadavid at with the subject line
“KPA 2015 workshop abstract”. Include in the email the following information:

1. Title of paper
2. 150-word abstract (attached as a pdf)
3. Author's name
4. Author's institutional affiliation (if applicable)
5. Author's email address
6. Indication whether campus housing will be necessary

Note: Campus housing will be available at the cost of $20/night. Registration fee for the
workshop is $50 and covers continental breakfast and boxed lunches for both days.

Friday, November 21, 2014

KPA 2015 Meeting Call for Papers & Student Essay Contest

Note: Submission Deadline has been extended to Feb. 20, 2015
Kentucky Philosophical Association

SPRING 2015 Meeting

Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, 2015
Owensboro Community and Technical College
Owensboro, Kentucky

Keynote Address:
Kate Abramson
Indiana University - Bloomington 

Submission requirements: Submissions on any philosophical topic are welcome. Papers should not exceed 3,000 words and should be prepared for blind review. Include the following information as a cover page in a separate file:

1) Title of paper.
2) 150-word abstract.
3) Author’s name.
4) Author’s institutional affiliation.
5) Author’s email address.
6) Indicate whether you would be willing to serve as a commentator should your paper not be accepted.

Please send submissions for the main program to Eva Cadavid at with ‘KPA SUBMISSION’ appearing in the subject line. This conference is being held jointly with the Indiana Philosophical Association. Individuals are asked not to submit their work to both organizations.

CALL FOR PAPERS—Student Essay Contest

Submissions: follow requirements listed above for submissions to the general meeting.

Eligibility: This contest is open to any undergraduate student who attends a college or university in the commonwealth of Kentucky. Each contestant may submit one essay entry only.

Awards: The first place winner will receive $100 and be asked to read the paper at the KPA spring 2014 meeting. The runner up will receive a letter of recognition from the Kentucky Philosophical Association.

Please send contest submissions to Matthew Pianalto at with “KPA STUDENT CONTEST SUBMISSION” appearing in the subject line.

Deadline for both calls: February 20, 2015 (extended from 2/10/15)

Contact: Eva Cadavid, Philosophy Program, Centre College, 600 West Walnut Street, KY 40422, 859-238-5945,

Friday, March 28, 2014

KPA Spring 2014 Meeting

Kentucky Philosophical Association
Spring 2014 Meeting
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY

Saturday, April 5, 2014 
9:00am – 5:00pm


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Registration

9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions:
"Are Character Intellectual Virtues 'Reliabilist Virtues'?"
Marlin R. Sommers (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Commentator: Ian Schnee (Western Kentucky University)

"Passive and Active Ignorance"
Kate Johnson (Bellarmine University)
Commentator: Eva Cadavid (Centre College)
10:00 a.m. -10:55 a.m.:Concurrent Sessions:
"Theism, Truthmaking, and Presentism"
Allen Gehring (Brescia University)
Commentator: Rickey Ray (Northeast State Community College)

"A New Analysis of Mercy"
  Kristofer Rhodes (Martin University)
Commentator: Jennifer L. Hudgens (University of Kentucky)
11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions:
"Why Patience is Always a Virtue"
Matthew Pianalto (Eastern Kentucky University)
Commentator: Bob Sandmeyer (University of Kentucky)

"Overcoming Student Aversion to Obligations"
Court Lewis (Owensboro Community and Technical College)
Student Panelists: TBA (Western Kentucky University)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 pm.: Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Business Meeting: all are welcome

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.:  
Winner of 2014 KPA Student Essay Contest:
Emily Sullivan (Western Kentucky University)
Title TBA
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.:  
Keynote Address:
"Are We Responsible? The Neuroscience of Violence"
Valerie Hardcastle (University of Cincinnati) 

Registration Fees:
$20 for regular attendees (including presenters)
$10 for graduate students (including presenters)
Undergrads can attend for free.

The official hotel for the conference is The Staybridge Suites, 680 Campbell Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42104 The phone number is 877-238-8889. Be sure to tell them that you are with the WKU Kentucky Philosophical Association Conference. We have a secure room rate for $79.99 a night. That is good for both Friday and Saturday nights. The hotel has a shuttle that can drop you off at our door on campus and pick you up so long as you tell the front desk beforehand.

Please direct all queries to the KPA President, Audrey Anton at audrey(dot)anton(at)wku(dot)edu.