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)
  • 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 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

Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep regret that I must announce the cancelation of NNEPA 2021. I do not do this lightly, but there continues to be much too much uncertainty and insufficient time to reasonably plan the 50th Anniversary event for this coming fall at UNH. We would not receive a provisional green light until mid-July, and at that with multiple possible conditions emerging regarding safety as the event approaches, including cancelation. So NNEPA will have to experience its second hiatus, alas. We fully expect to hold the event at UNH in fall 2022. 



Paul McNamara
NNEPA, Executive Secretary
Philosophy, UNH