Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Update from the KPA President: 2021 KPA Meeting Cancelled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the KPA will not be holding its annual conference this spring. We will be hosting a virtual business meeting in the coming months to discuss the possibility of future events and other matters, along with elections for the leadership positions. I will update this page, along with the KPA website, when a date for the business meeting has been set, along with information on how to join and participate. There are still plans to host a virtual "Scholars Workshop" this summer (more information on this to come) and hopefully we will be able to resume our annual conference in 2021. Thanks to everyone for your continued interest and support.

Friday, February 14, 2020

CFA: Kentucky Philosophical Association Summer 2020 Scholars Workshop

Kentucky Philosophical Association (KPA)
Summer 2020 Scholars Workshop
July 23-24, 2020
Hosted at Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY

Call for Abstracts
Submissions deadline May 15, 2020

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 1, 2020 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 2020 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 starting on July 22 at the cost of $30/night for a single room and $45/night for double room. Registration fee for the workshop is $70 and covers continental breakfast and lunches for both days.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

CFP: Kentucky Philosophical Association 2020, General Meeting and Student Essay Contest

Kentucky Philosophical Association Annual Meeting

Deadline for all calls: January 17, 2020 (11:59 pm EST)

In conjunction with the Department of History, Philosophy, Politics, International Studies, and Legal Studies at Morehead State University

Saturday, April 4th, 2020
Morehead State University
Morehead, Kentucky

Keynote Address
“Reason, Cause and Ground in Leibniz’s Philosophy”
Dr. Brandon Look
University of Kentucky

CALL FOR PAPERS—General Meeting—Saturday, April 4th
Submission requirements: Submissions on any philosophical topic are welcome. Abstracts are acceptable, but preference will be given to completed papers. 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: Title of paper, 150-word abstract, author’s name, institutional affiliation, and email address, indicate whether you are willing to serve as a commentator should your paper NOT be accepted, and, finally, any A/V needs that are necessary should your paper be accepted.

Please send questions and submissions for the main program to Justin Spinks at with ‘KPA SUBMISSION GENERAL’ appearing in the subject line.

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 annual meeting. The runner up will receive a letter of recognition from the Kentucky Philosophical Association.

Please send questions and contest submissions to Beau Branson at with “KPA STUDENT CONTEST SUBMISSION” appearing in the subject line.

Click here for a PDF of the CFP

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Save the Date: KPA 2020

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Philosophical Association will be held at Morehead State University on Saturday, April 4, 2020. For more information, contact Justin Spinks (

Monday, March 18, 2019

KPA 2019 Meeting Program

The full program for the 2019 meeting of the Kentucky Philosophical Association can be found here.

All events will be held at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.

For more information, contact the KPA President or Vice President.