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)
  • 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)
  • University of Vermont (1998, 2018)

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, 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 Officers

President: Professor May Sim,, College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

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

NNEPA Conference Information - 2019


This is the final call for abstracts/papers for the next annual NNEPA conference, to be held at College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, November 8-9th, under the able coordination of our 2019 president, May Sim.  

Note that abstracts/papers are due Sept 1 (except that for undergrads—more below), just a few weeks away. 

Our distinguished keynote speaker will be Professor Shelly Kagan, Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Kagan’s main research interests lie in moral philosophy, and in particular, normative ethics, but he is also quite well known for his work on death. Much of his work in moral philosophy centers on the debate between consequentialist and deontological moral theories, with publications on the nature of well-being, moral desert, utopia, moral intuitions, the demands of morality, the structure of moral theories, and the connections between Kantianism and consequentialism. Kagan is a popular lecturer at Yale, known for his introductory lectures on Death and Ethics. He is author of the following books:

   The Limits of Morality, Oxford University Press, 1989
   Normative Ethics, Westview Press, 1998

   Death, Yale University Press, 2012
   The Geometry of Desert, Oxford University Press, 2012

His widely popular course on death has been turned into an Open Yale Course. 

His site at Yale,

contains links to information about his books, his papers, articles, other media (e.g. talks, interviews), including to his open course on death. 

Third Call for Abstracts/Papers

Abstracts/papers (unpublished) may be on any 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, 2019 to:

            May Sim                                                                 Subject: NNEPA Submission

Papers dealing with any aspect of the work of Professor Kagan are especially welcome, and will be considered for a possible Saturday morning plenary session devoted to his work.

Early submissions are welcome (but decisions will not be made until after Sept. 1).

NNEPA will 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, 2019 to:

            May Sim                                                                 Subject: NNEPA Submission

Registration Fee (TBA)

Friday Night Buffet
The traditional dinner preceding the keynote address will be a buffet at the discounted rate of $26. (Thanks May!) More particulars to follow soon on the buffet.

A block of rooms is reserved at the Comfort Inn, Auburn, MA at a discounted rate of $95/night (plus state and local taxes) for the nights of Thurs-Sat, November 7th - 9th.  Breakfast is included. You must call to book your reservation at the discount rate: 508-832-8300. Just mention “NNEPA” when booking to get one of the discounted conference rooms.  The hotel site is here:


The cutoff date for the guaranteed discount rate is two weeks before, but after that the discounted rate will apply if rooms still remain from the reserved discounted block.

Parking Info (TBA)