Social Philosophy and Policy

Upcoming Conference

Ideal Theory: December 2015

Twenty-two distinguished philosophers, political theorists, and economists will contribute to the upcoming Social Philosophy and Policy conference on Ideal Theory. The double-issue conference features four days of presentation and discussion, from December 3rd through 6th in Tucson, Arizona. Diverse and broad topics will be discussed, including idealization, realism, and utopianism, the character and forms of feasibility, fact-sensitivity, cost-benefit analysis, opportunity costs, and the connection between theory and practice.

Register by November 22.

The conference schedule is now available. Please contact us with any additional questions.


About SPP Conferences

Each of our two yearly conferences culminates in an issue of the journal Social Philosophy and Policy featuring work on a specific topic that blends together theoretical questions in political philosophy with the practical concerns of public policy. 

About the Journal

The journal was established over 30 years ago by Ellen Frankel Paul, Jeffrey Paul and Fred Miller at Bowling Green State University's Social Philosophy and Policy Center.  It now boasts a paid circulation of over 7900, by far the largest circulation among philosophy journals in the Anglo-American world. The semi-annual issues are thematic in format. Our editorial team (Editor: David Schmidtz, Associate Editors: Carmen Pavel and Bas van der Vossen) aims to honor the journal's tradition of examining the philosophical underpinnings and the economic, political, and legal dimensions of enduring social policy debates.