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APA’s Division 24 (Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology) is pleased to announce its call for proposals for its annual midwinter meeting, which will be held at in Richmond VA, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (…/hote…/us/en/richmond/riccs/hoteldetail) from Friday morning, March 10, through noon Sunday, March 12, 2017. (Room rates are $132.00 per night; please ask for the conference rate).


If you love in-depth conversations on theoretical and philosophical topics in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, please join us. The theme is Practicing Philosophical Psychology in Research, Teaching and Clinical Work. Symposia, papers, posters, and panel discussions are all possible. The formal call with necessary instructions is attached.

Also, we would like to note that there have been some requests from members of past meetings to explore child care options during the meeting. We would like to take this opportunity to invite those who might be interested in child care availability to write Program Chair, Dr. Gregg Henriques (, as he is exploring needs and options.


Finally, if you have general questions, please don’t hesitate to contact either of us. We hope to see you there!



Gregg Henriques and Samuel D. Downs (Co-Program Chairs)
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Dear Division 24 members and friends,


APA has released its Call for Proposals for the 2017 convention ( As your 2017 Program Chair, I encourage your active participation at the conference, which will take place in Washington, DC from August 3-6, 2017.




2017 Presidential Theme

As Division 24 President, Thomas Teo has chosen the theme of “Theorizing as Rebellion” (“What Can We Know? What Should We Do? What May We Hope?” and Beyond) and proposes a series of questions for our collective theoretical consideration in 2017. We encourage you to address any selection of these issues in your individual submissions so that we can work through them collectively and break new theoretical horizons! Individual submissions are due December 1st, 2016.


Kant famously posed in his Critique of Pure Reason three questions: “What Can I Know? What Should I Do? What May I Hope?” Although these questions have relevance in psychology as they pertain to epistemology, ethics, and faith in the discipline and profession, they also require revisions. An important turn in theorizing relates to the social dimensions of ontology, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics, because the monological, decontextualized individual does not exist. Thus, the questions themselves need to be updated and the “I” is changed to “We.” In addition, although these questions are fundamental but rarely addressed in psychology, we need to include issues that reflect our present and its concerns with environmental and social justice. These questions and issues are not at the forefront of the discipline and profession, and posing them makes theorizing rebellious. But rebellion goes further and challenges the status quo as well as those traditions that have supported a new nihilism that assumes that we collectively can no longer change unjust structures, institutions, and practices. Rebellion in this second meaning is more radical and questions the status-quo supporting function of many psychologies themselves. Accordingly, we welcome topics that fall within a more traditional philosophical division concerning the ontological, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic shortcomings of psychology, and its solutions, but also topics that veer into radical theorizing as they relate to marginalized groups, topics, or events, with a critical lens in mind.

 In short, we welcome symposia, papers, and posters that extend our understanding of ontology, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics in psychology, as well as consider the nexus of these areas as expressed in concepts such as onto-epistemology, epistemic justice, or ethical aesthetics. 


Should you have any questions, please contact me directly at


Warm regards,




Basia D. Ellis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Department of Comparative Human Development

University of Chicago

1126 East 59 Street

Chicago, IL 60637





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