Northern New England Philosophical Association

The Northern New England Philosophical Association was founded in 1972 by a group of philosophers from several northern New England institutions of higher learning for the purpose of promoting the study of philosophy and the exchange of philosophical ideas. The organization meets annually, usually on a Friday-Saturday in the second half of October. Institutions that have hosted the annual conferences more recently are:

  • Bates College (2006, 2015)
  • Bowdoin College (1997)
  • Clark University (2001)
  • Colby College (1991, 2008)
  • College of the Holy Cross (2019)
  • Dartmouth College (1994, 2004, 2013)
  • Keene State College (1990, 2003, 2016)
  • Norwich University (1996)
  • Plymouth State University (1993, 2002)
  • Rivier University (1995, 2005)
  • Saint Anselm College (1987, 1999, 2010)
  • St. Michael’s College (1988, 2011)
  • Stonehill College (2017)
  • UMass Dartmouth (2007, 2014)
  • UMass Lowell (2012)
  • University of New Hampshire (1992, 2000, 2009, 2022)
  • University of Vermont (1998, 2018)

NNEPA took a two-year hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic.

A highlight of each NNEPA conference is the presence for the two days of an invited prestigious philosopher, who gives the Friday evening keynote address, often followed by a plenary panel session on her/his work on Saturday morning. Past conferences have featured distinguished keynote speakers, including Robert M. Adams, Robert Audi, Annette Baier, Jonathan Bennett, Ned Block, Robert Brandom, Michael Bratman, Noam Chomsky, Stephen Darwall, Hubert Dreyfus, Catherine Elgin, Bernard Gert, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Terence Irwin, Shelly Kagan, Patricia Kitcher, Christine Korsgaard, Alasdair MacIntyre, Joseph Margolis, John McDowell, Martha Nussbaum, Hillary Putnam, W. V. O. Quine, Robert Scharff, Charlotte Witt, and Robert Paul Wolf, Stephen Yablo.

NNEPA Officer

Executive Secretary: Paul McNamara,, of University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.

Contact for NNEPA History

NNEPA is putting together a history of the organization and needs your help. If you have any info, old programs or some funny stories, please share with:

Ray Perkins,


Ray Perkins
105 School St
Concord NH 03301

First Call for Abstracts/Papers

Abstracts/papers (unpublished) may be on any philosophical topic, but presentations will be limited to 25 minutes reading time. Send abstracts of 500-750 words and/or papers (suitable for 25-minute presentations) by September 1, 2022 to:

    Paul McNamara            Subject: NNEPA 2022 Submission

Papers dealing with any aspect of Professor Dennett’s work are especially welcome and they will be considered for a possible Saturday morning plenary session devoted to his work. 
Early submissions are welcome (but decisions will not likely be made until after Sept. 1). 

We will also host a session for undergraduates to share their work in a collaborative environment. Undergrads should submit complete papers of no more than 2500 words by September 15, 2022 to:

    Paul McNamara        Subject: NNEPA 2022 Undergrad Submission

In addition to some follow-up emails before we meet, key info and updates will soon begin to appear at this NNEPA site.

Dear NNEPA Friends,

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 complications, it is with great pleasure that I announce that the next, and 50th annual NNEPA conference will be at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, Fri-Sat, October 21-22, 2022. (I will be inhabiting the local role of President as well as that of Executive Secretary since UNH is my home base).  

It is also with great pleasure that I announce that our distinguished visitor and keynote speaker will be Professor Daniel Dennett of Tufts University, Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, University Professor, and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy. He is one of the most well-recognized names in philosophy, and one of the most recognized philosophers outside of philosophical circles. He is the author of a dazzling array of books, not all listed here: 

Content and Consciousness  (1969) 
Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology (1978)
Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting  (1984)
The Intentional Stance (1987)
Consciousness Explained (1991) 
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life (1995) 
Kinds of Minds: Toward an Understanding of Consciousness (1996)
Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds 1984-1996 (1998)
Freedom Evolves (2003)
Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness (2005)
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (2006)
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking (2013)
From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (2017) 

He also co-edited the delightful and unique work, The Mind's I (1981), with Douglas Hofstadter, as well as authoring over four hundred scholarly articles. To keep this close in length to our usual approximately  1-page announcements, I refer you to his home page at Tufts:, which contains a fuller bibliography, profiles, honors, talks/videos/interviews, links to past and present articles, among other treats.


Paul McNamara
NNEPA, Executive Secretary
Philosophy, UNH

There are three hotels available with group rates, all roughly equidistant to UNH Durham (under 15 mins).

Hampton Inn by Hilton Dover

9 Hotel Drive, Dover, NH 03820

  • Friday, Oct. 21st: 20 rooms, rate=$169
  • Thursday, Oct. 20. & Saturday, October 22: rate= $169
  • Room rate guarantee through Wednesday, Sep 21, 2022.
  • Free amenities: Breakfast, Parking, and WiFi    

Comfort Inn & Suites, Dover

10 Hotel Dr, Dover, NH 03820

Hampton Inn by Hilton (Portsmouth Central)

99 Durgin Ln. Portsmouth,  NH 03801

  • Friday, Oct. 21st: 20 rooms, rate=$199 
  • Thursday, Oct. 20. & Saturday, October 22: rate=$199 
  • Room rate guarantee before Tuesday, Sep 20, 2022
  • Call the hotel to book reservations stating they are with the “NNEPA GROUP.
  • Free amenities: Breakfast, Parking, and WiFi 

Details about the registration and conference dinner fees will be posted in August 2022.

Details about parking, directions, restaurants, etc. will be posted in August-September 2022.