CfA: 35th Annual International Social Philosophy Conference

Thirty-Fifth International Social Philosophy Conference

Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy with the Department of Philosophy, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

July 18-20, 2018

Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to the conference theme: Health, Well-being, and Society.

Some possible paper topics include the following:

Public goods and citizen well-being
Civil obligation and social welfare
Holding elected officials accountable
Duties of Citizenship
The ethics of healthy living
Violence, society, and well-being
Education and societal flourishing
Inclusion versus marginalization
Health and marginalized communities
Free-markets and the common good
Defining health
Public institutions and well-being
The status of community in an age of political division
Entertainment, sport, and well-being.
Religious belief as a source of societal flourishing or disruption
The macro and micro dimensions of societal flourishing
Public Health and the Public Good
Food, Water, and Human Rights
Resource allocation
Immunization and social responsibility
Global health justice
Ableism and Public Health
Disability, accommodation, and the basic structure
Health, well-being and urban justice
Distributive Justice and Public Health
The social dimensions of well-being
Bias in Health
Defining well-being
Health and Capabilities
Capabilities Well-being
Biopolitics and Biopower
Harm Reduction and Philosophy

We welcome submissions from both members and non-members, but we require that all presenters join the North American Society for Social Philosophy if their papers are accepted and if they present at the conference.

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2018. Please submit a 300 word abstract here:


The Program Committee:
Kathryn Norlock, Trent University (chair)
Geoff Karabin, Neumann University
Jennifer Szende, Trent University

Local host: Mark Navin, Oakland University, Rochester, MI.

Members of the Program Committee may be reached at:

NASSP Support for International Presenters

The NASSP will waive fees for conference registration and for the banquet for those participants traveling from outside of the United States and Canada.

NASSP Conference Awards for Graduate Students

The North American Society for Social Philosophy has established the NASSP Awards for Best Graduate Student Papers to promote new scholarship in social philosophy and to encourage student participation in our Conference.

The winners of the annual prizes each receive $300. The prizes are awarded only to conference attendees, though there is no obligation to use the money for conference-related costs. Any graduate student enrolled in a program towards a degree beyond the B.A. or first university diploma is eligible.

The paper may address any topic in social philosophy. Papers should be no more than 3,000 words (include a word count with submission), and they should conform to the requirements set out by the APA for colloquium submissions to annual Divisional meetings.

Those who want to be considered for this award should send their full papers on or before February 15 to – and they should also submit abstracts to the site by February 15, 2018.

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