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The British Philosophical Association is a British organisation set up in October 2002 to promote the study of philosophy.[1][2]

British Philosophical Association
FounderRoger Trigg
Jonathan Wolff
Legal statusAssociation
Professional title
British Philosophical Association
Robert Stern
Michael Brady
Executive Secretary
Sarah-Louise Johnson
Mark Addis

Early historyEdit

During the early 1980s the merging of educational establishments and financial cut-backs meant that some philosophy departments had closed and more were under threat. The National Committee for Philosophy (NCP) was formed to try and address this. The committee was successful and, following on from their success sought to secure the future of the subject of philosophy in education.[3]

The NCP evolved – after three years of discussion and planning – into the British Philosophical Association (BPA) and agreed its constitution, "to promote and foster the teaching and study of, and research in Philosophy in the United Kingdom, within higher education and also within the wider community",[4] at a meeting in Liverpool 30 October 2002.[5] The first annual meeting was held on 24 October 2003 at Westminster, in the House of Commons.[3]

Executive committee membersEdit



Current members are:[9]

  • President Robert Stern
  • Director Joe Morrison
  • Executive Secretary Marthe Kerkwijk
  • Treasurer Stella Sandford


  • British Philosophical Association; Women in Philosophy (September 2011). Women in philosophy in the UK – a report by the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy UK. (Helen Beebee and Jenny Saul). Joint BPA/SWIP Committee for Women in Philosophy.


  1. ^ Goddard, Alison (31 October 2003). "Society set up to counter threats". Times Higher Education Supplement. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  2. ^ BPA website
  3. ^ a b Evans, David (October/November 2003 (issue 43)). "The British Philosophical Association". Philosophy Now. Retrieved 12 April 2014. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "British Philosophical Association Constitution". British Philosophical Association. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  5. ^ Jewell, Nik. "The National Committee For Philosophy: Its Origins And Activities". The Higher Education Academy – Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies. Archived from the original on 12 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Dr Roger Trigg". University of Oxford – Faculty of Theology and Religion. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ "Jonathan Wolff". University College London. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Mark Addis (Memberships)". Birmingham City University. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ "About us". British Philosophical Association. Retrieved 23 January 2018.

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