EPS Events

The 2017 National Annual Meeting

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The 2017 annual national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society will be held at the Convention Center and the Omni Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, November 15-17. 

The EPS plenary speaker is C. Stephen Evans (Baylor University) and he will present on “Why Reformation Christians Should Be catholic Christians: Sola Scriptura and the Rule of Faith for Christian Philosophers.”

The EPS meeting is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). The ETS theme is “The Heritage of the Reformation." All attendees and presenters must be registered at the ETS website. For hotel accommodations, please consider these hotels and their discounted conference rates.

The EPS welcomes papers exploring the ETS theme as well (for example, papers could explore “vertical themes” related to the “solas” and the relationship between God and man as well as “horizontal themes” such as the philosophical implications of, e.g., the priesthood of all believers, the notion of vocation and Christian philosophy, and the implication of the reformation on personal and social ethics). As always, we are happy to receive submissions also addressing the wide range of topics of interest to Christian philosophers.

Graduate Student Philosophy Paper Contest and Mentoring Opportunities

The EPS will be awarding a $500 prize for the best graduate philosophy paper. In addition, there will be opportunities to sign up and meet with a mentor during your time at the conference, as well as a special session just for graduate students.  In order to be considered for the graduate student prize, full papers must be submitted. See additional information below. Your generous financial support is welcomed to support future philosophy prizes.

Submission Guidelines:

Please note, presenters must be current members of the EPS or the ETS. If you are not a current member, please renew membership at epsociety.org/store.

Submissions must include the following:

  • Author’s name
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Contact information (email and phone number)
  • Title of paper
  • An abstract of the paper (100-200 words). Some preference will be given to submissions that include full text of paper. NB: In order to be considered for the graduate student prize, full papers must be submitted.
  • If you are a graduate student, please indicate this so you can be considered for the graduate student philosophy prize. If you would be interested in meeting with a member of the EPS for encouragement/networking/mentoring, please indicate this as well. The EPS will contact you providing further details as the conference draws near.
  • Time constraints / preferences:
    • Days and times you CANNOT read the paper
    • Days and times you would PREFER to read the paper [while we will do our best to accommodate your preferences, inflexibility with regard to possible reading times may make the paper more difficult to accept]. 
Deadline and Submission Process:
  • All proposals must be received by March 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Proposals received after that time will not be considered.
  • Proposals should be sent by email attachment to: epsblindreview@gmail.com
  • Please indicate whether you are willing to serve as a moderator for the EPS sessions [see guidelines below]. 
Guidelines for Presentations
  • Paper should take no more than 25 minutes to read, leaving 10-15 minutes for discussion. The moderator will ask you to conclude if you are overtime.
  • Cancellation: Please communicate all cancellations to the moderator of your session. If you need to cancel your presentation and it has already been announced via the conference program, please plan to have a friend or colleague read your paper on your behalf.
  • Note: the EPS does not supply equipment for a powerpoint/keynote presentation. If you wish to provide it, please work with the hotel for any logistical questions or concerns.
Guidelines for Moderators
  • Introduce the presenter and make any relevant EPS announcements [information will be e-mailed in advance of the meeting].
  • Ensure that a session starts and stops on time, and that there is at least 10 minutes available for Q&A. Please ask a presenter to conclude if they are over their time.
  • If a presenter has to cancel their presentation after it has been announced, please work with the presenter to secure a copy of the paper so it is read on his/her behalf. 

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