Department of Philosophy

Information for the 2019 Institute coming soon

The Summer Institute in American Philosophy is designed for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students in philosophy and other disciplines interested in Pragmatism and American philosophy.

2018 Plenary Sessions Included:
  • American Pragmatism, Sustainability, and Wicked Problems with Danielle Lake and Kelly Parker (Grand Valley State University)
  • Embodied Cognition with Mark Johnson (University of Oregon)
  • Art and Sustainability with Aili Bresnahan and Bill Marvin (University of Dayton)

2018 Keynote Speaker: Kyle Powys Whyte, Ph.D.

Kyle Whyte holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. He is an associate professor of philosophy and community sustainability. His primary research in Indigenous philosophy addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. This research covers Indigenous philosophies of sustainability and resilience and connects with theoretical literatures on decolonization and Indigenous resurgence.

Dr. Whyte is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. He is involved in a number of projects and organizations that advance Indigenous research methodologies, including the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup, Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation, Tribal Climate Camp, and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. He is a former member of the U.S. Federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science.

Call for Proposals

The summer institute welcomes papers and works-in-progress on American philosophy broadly construed. Information for the 2019 Call for Proposals is coming soon.

Please email Denise James (at with any questions.

Graduate Student Funding

There are a limited number of graduate student travel stipends available. Priority will be given to graduates who are presenting their work for the first time at an SIAP event, although all attendees who request funding assistance will be considered. These grants cover the full cost of housing and registration. Students should indicate their desire to apply in their submission email. See the CFP. These grants are funded by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.

Registration and Housing

Registration details for the 2019 conference will be announced.


Department of Philosophy

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1546