Dispositions, Habits, and Virtues
2014 Annual ACPA Meeting

May Mailing: Secretary’s letter about 2014 Meeting

20 May 2014

Dear Colleagues in the ACPA:

In this email you will find, in addition to this letter, a dues notice for the upcoming year, the “Letter and Call for Papers” from VP/President-Elect Jorge Garcia for the 2015 Annual
Meeting, along with “Guidelines for Submitting Papers” for 2015.  Please pay your dues on time, since the timely payment of your dues will eliminate the need for reminder notices and thereby help to reduce the ACPA’s overall costs.  Here are a number of announcements and reminders.

For the 2014 Meeting:

            1. Be Sure to Update Your Membership Information on the Dues Renewal Notice: There are two ways to pay your dues: online by clicking on the link on the Dues Renewal Notice, or by mailing the notice to the Philosophy Documentation Center. All members are asked to update any membership information (including mailing address, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, etc.) that may have changed over the past year or two.  Since we now send this notice by email, it is imperative that we have your current email address(es). Life members are also asked to update their membership information in the same manner, even though they do not pay dues.

            2. Proceedings: The Proceedings from the ACPA’s 2012 annual meeting (hosted by Loyola Marymount University) has been edited and sent out. It is also available online
at the ACPA Proceedings page on the Philosophy Documentation Center website. In addition, the 2013 ACPA Proceedings have been sent to the Philosophy Documentation Center (our publisher). Under their new “Online First” system, papers are available online before they are printed in hardcopy.

            3. ACPA Meeting hosted by The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 10—12 October 2014: “Dispositions, Habits, and Virtues”:

           Don’t forget that the 2014 Annual Meeting will take place 10—12 October 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Please note that this meeting is earlier in the fall than usual. The complete conference program, along with registration materials for the 2014 Annual Meeting, will be sent out to members in September of 2014. But before
that, all relevant information will be up on the ACPA Website (http://www.acpaweb.org/). By going through the ACPA website, or directly to the ACPA page at the Philosophy Documentation Center website, you will be able to register for the conference, make a reservation at the Hotel at the conference rate, and sign up for the banquet and women’s luncheon. The conference rate at the hotel is:  $ 175 per night for single or double occupancy, $200 per night for triple occupancy, and $ 225 per night for quadruple occupancy. If you (especially graduate students) desire, you may wish to ‘triple’ or ‘quadruple’ up with friends, in order to save money. Once it is available, you will be able to inspect the conference program online at the ACPA website.

            4. Plenary Speakers for 2014:

In order to whet your philosophical appetites, let me mention here that the plenary speakers for the 2014 Annual Meeting are:


            Daniel Dahlstrom, ACPA President, John R. Silber Professor of Philosophy, Boston University.

            “Emerging Dispositions”


            Susan Haack, Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences,

            Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Law, University of Miami.

            “Intellectual Maturity”


            Marilyn McCord Adams, Visiting Professor, Rutgers, formerly Regius Professor of Divinity, Oxford.

            “Scotus on the Metaphysical Role of Dispositions”


            Timothy B. Noone, Ordinary Professor of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

            “Habitual Intellectual Knowledge in Medieval Philosophy: A Complex Theme”


            At the 2014 Meeting, the Association’s Aquinas Medal will be presented to John Rist, Emeritus, University of Toronto, Father Kurt Pritzl O.P. Chair in Philosophy, The Catholic University of America.  


            5. Commentators and Chairs at the Washington meeting:

If you would like to be on the program of the 2014 Annual Meeting, as either a commentator on a paper or chair of a session, please send your name and contact information (including phone number, FAX number, e-mail address, and regular mailing address) to me at [email protected] . Be sure to do so by 30 June 2014.  If you are interested in serving as a commentator, please indicate your areas of interest or expertise. 

            6. Satellite Sessions at the Washington meeting:

There were thirty-two satellite sessions at Indianapolis in 2013 and we have room for the same number in 2014. Once again, we have received a record number of submissions for the “contributed papers” (breaking last year’s record number). Satellite Session organizers are reminded that final information regarding planned satellite sessions (session title, names of organizer, session chair, and speakers, and the titles of papers) should be received at the National Office no later than 1 July 2014. If you are an author interested in submitting a proposal to the organizers of Satellite Sessions, please note that some of them are listed on the ACPA website, at http://www.acpaweb.org/meetings/37/2014 . If you are an organizer of a Satellite Session and would like us to add your name to this list, please contact us at [email protected].

            7. Schedule of Sessions for the 2014 Meeting:

In light of the positive response to the new schedule of sessions for last year’s meeting, the 2014 meeting will follow that same schedule. Please consider these changes when making your travel plans. 

            The highlights of the new schedule are:

                                     Thursday, 9 October 2014:     Executive Council Meeting: 6-9 pm.


                                        Friday, 10 October 2014:     Satellite sessions: 10am to noon and 1-3pm.

                                                                                       “Contributed” papers sessions 3:30-5:30pm

                                                                                        First Plenary session: 8-10pm


                                    Saturday, 11 October 2014:    Second Plenary session: 9-11am

                                                                                       “Contributed” papers sessions:  1-3pm

                                                                                        Satellite sessions:  3:30-5:30pm


                                      Sunday, 12 October 2014:     Satellite sessions: 9-11am


For the 2015 Meeting:

            1. Election Results:

The complete results of this year’s ACPA election (concluded April 2, 2014) are as follows:

             Vice-President/President-Elect: Fr. Kevin Flannery SJ (Gregorian University, Rome)

             Executive Council Members:

             Sarah Byers (Boston College) 

             Therese Corey (Seattle University)

             Gloria Frost (University of St. Thomas, MN)

             W. Matthews Grant (University of St. Thomas, MN)

             Karen Stohr (Georgetown University)

On behalf of the Association, the Secretary would like to congratulate our newly-elected Vice-President and Council members, and to thank all who were willing to stand for election. All these new officers will take office at the conclusion of the 2014 meeting. Fr. Flannery will be Vice President for the 2015 meeting and President for the 2016 meeting. The new members of the Executive Council will hold office during the 2015, 2016, and 2017 meetings.

            2. 2015 ACPA Meeting:

President-Elect Jorge Garcia and the Executive Committee of the ACPA have determined that the theme of the 2015 conference will be “Analyzing Catholic Philosophy.” For further details about the meeting, please see the letter from President-Elect Garcia and the “Call for Papers.”

            3. Hosts for 2015 and beyond:

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in Boston and hosted by Boston College. I would like to thank President-Elect Garcia for all the work he already has done in securing his own
university as host, and in hotel negotiations. We are looking for volunteers to host meetings for 2016 and beyond. If you and your university are interested, please contact the National Secretary.

            4. Election of National Secretary:

As I indicated in an earlier email, at the 2014 National Meeting, the Executive Council will elect a new National Secretary. Due date for written application for this position is 1 September 2014. For more information, please consult the announcement of this election, which is under Announcements on the ACPA website homepage http://www.acpaweb.org/



Respectfully submitted,

R. E. Houser


ACPA National Secretary

[email protected]