Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions
2012 Annual ACPA Meeting
(2 November-November 4)

Secretary's Letter, September 2012

15 September 2012

Dear Members of the ACPA,

On behalf of the ACPA, I am pleased to invite all ACPA members to attend this year’s Annual Conference, on
“Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions,” to be held in Los Angeles, California, from 2 to 4 November 2012.  


Annual Meeting on “Philosophy in
     the Abrahamic Traditions,” to be held at the Marina De Rey Marriott Hotel,
     Los Angeles, 2—4 November 2012.

On behalf of the Association, I would like to thank Loyola Marymount University for very generously hosting
the event.  I would also like to thank all those who submitted papers for the meeting, and especially the members of
the Program Committee: Deborah Black, Elizabeth Murray, Jon McGinnis, Shiobhan Nash-Marshall. The topic this year produced a very large number of submissions,
the largest anyone here can remember. As a result our acceptance rate for “Contributed Papers,” that is, the papers to be published in the Proceedings, had to be very low.

The 2012 Annual Meeting will take place 2—4 November 2012, at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles, California, which is not far from Loyola Marymount University. Links
to register for the Conference, reserve a room at the hotel at the conference rate ($ 169 per night), and sign up for the banquet and women’s luncheon registration
materials, are up on the ACPA Website . Discounted prices for hotel and early registration are only good through 18 October 2012.
These prices are as follows:  Conference Registration is $60.00, Student Registration is $15.00, Banquet price is $55.00 (which includes drinks and gratuity), and the Women’s Luncheon price is $ 25.00.


Program for the Annual Conference

The Program for the Annual Conference is posted on the ACPA website . In order not to miss out on some very fine papers,
the Executive Committee has given me permission to organize some ACPA Sponsored Satellite Sessions. You can find them in the program, along with the satellite sessions organized bygroups allied with the ACPA. The addition of these sessions means that, unlike previous years, satellite sessions will
begin at 11:00am on Friday, 2 November 2012
. So you may want to adjust your airline reservation, in order to take in the earlier satellite sessions on
Friday. Such expansion is good—a sign of growth in the ACPA.

We will distribute the traditional paper Program at the Registration Table at the Conference. And here let me thank Pam Swope of the Philosophy Documentation Center, who does such a marvelous job in helping to set up the Conference.   


Election of ACPA Officers

The ACPA Constitution requires that election of officers be done by paper ballot. This ballot will be mailed to you before the 2012 Annual Meeting. At present, please consult the
brief biographies of candidates on the website . When you receive your printed election ballot by
mail, you also will find enclosed a pre-addressed envelope for returning your ballot to the National Office, “Brief Biographies of the Nominees” for this
year’s election, and a paper copy of the Meeting Program.  All constituent members of the Association (i.e., all members excluding institutional, library, associate, and student
members) are eligible to vote.   Please vote for one candidate for VP/President-Elect and for not more than five candidates for our Executive Council. Eligible voters should send their
completed ballot to the National Office at the University of St. Thomas no later than 2 April 2013.  Be sure to print and sign your name on the back of the envelope; without your name and signature, your ballot will not be valid.


Future ACPA Meetings

The 2013 meeting will be hosted by Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, and Marian University, Indianapolis. The topic will be Aristotle:
Now and Then,
and our President will be Prof. John O’Callaghan, University of Notre Dame. For submission guidelines and more details, visit the ACPA’s


If you have not done so, please be sure to pay your ACPA dues (dues notices were emailed to all members in May of this year).  The timely payment of your dues will eliminate the need for reminder notices and thereby help to reduce the ACPA’s overall costs.  For more information, please go to the ACPA website or our page on the Philosophy
Documentation Center website.


Hosts for 2014 and 2015

We are looking for volunteers to host the 2014 and 2015 meetings.  If you are interested, please contact me at or




If you know of a member who has died during these past two years, then please send relevant details to me or to Pam Swope at the Philosophy Documentation Center.



Ed Houser

R. E. Houser

ACPA Secretary

Bishop Wendelin J. Nold Professor of Philosophy

Center for Thomistic Studies

University of St. Thomas (TX)

Houston, Texas