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Encouraging and Supporting Publicly Engaged Philosophical Research and Practices

Dear PPN members:  please see the letter that was sent out by Michael Bratman from the American Philosophical Association regarding the APA's new general journal.  The journal is to cover all fields and subfields of philosophy--and I hope that the editors will include publicly engaged philosophical work in various ways.  To that end, I encourage PPN members to self-nominate or nominate others who would serve as outstanding editors.

Dear Sharon,

Last month I had the privilege of announcing the APA’s plans to establish a new journal, theJournal of the American Philosophical Association (J-APA). This journal will be published in cooperation with Cambridge University Press. I noted that the APA has established a distinguished committee to guide us in our plans for this journal and to search for inaugural editors and associate editors. This committee consists of Julia Annas, University of Arizona; Robert Audi (chair), University of Notre Dame; David Rasmussen, Boston College; T. M. Scanlon, Harvard University; Sally Scholz, Villanova University; Ernest Sosa, Rutgers University; and Alison Wylie, University of Washington. I am very pleased to say that this committee is now in full search mode.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for outstanding philosophers to make a major, highly beneficial impact on our discipline. So let me encourage you to nominate strong candidates for editor (or joint editor) and/or associate editor—where this might well include self-nomination. Information about the fairly simple nomination/application process is available via Interfolio.

Let me also say that if you have a possible interest in such a position but are not yet prepared to develop a detailed conception of operating policies and procedures, you should feel free to approach this committee for a preliminary discussion. One way to do that would be to contact the committee chair, Robert Audi, at You should also feel free to submit a very brief application via Interfolio, one that can be filled in with further details later if appropriate.

This is an exciting moment for the APA and for philosophy generally. I very much look forward to the launching of our new journal under the leadership of editors of distinction, insight, and vision.

All the best,

Michael Bratman
Chair, APA Board of Officers

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