Cover of The American Philosophical Association Centennial Series

The American Philosophical Association Centennial Series


History and Purpose

The American Philosophical Association (APA) was founded in 1900 to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers, and to represent philosophy as a discipline.

The APA has three regional divisions, the Central, Eastern, and Pacific, founded in 1900, 1901, and 1924, respectively, that conduct annual meetings at which philosophers present research and exchange ideas. Since 1927, it has functioned under a constitution providing for a national board of officers.

Since 1975, the national office of the APA has been located at the University of Delaware—an arrangement made possible through the generosity of the University of Delaware.