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APA Pacific 2015: A conference guide

We hope to see you in Vancouver, British Columbia for the 2015 American Philosophical Association Pacific meeting. We asked two OUP staff members to reveal what they’re most interested in seeing at the forthcoming conference, as well as what they plan to do in their spare time around Vancouver.

Joy Mizan, Assistant Marketing Manager, Academic and Trade Marketing:

This will be the first APA- Pacific that I’ll be attending. Many of our authors will be in attendance and many of our books will be the focus of book symposium, author sessions, etc, so it’ll be interesting to see how those go. We will also have some new marketing materials (bookmarks, posters, etc) on hand so it’ll be great to see how those go over. It’s always exciting to be able to speak in person with those you’ve been emailing with for months.

Clare Castro, Marketing Manager, Higher Education Marketing:

I attend numerous academic conferences each year, but the APA Pacific has a special place in my heart. The 2006 APA in Portland was the very first meeting I attended in my publishing career. I’m looking forward to returning this year with our newest books for courses. I’m also excited to visit Vancouver for the first time. I’m an avid runner, and it looks like a great place to log some scenic miles.

Joy and Clare suggest visiting the following sights and attractions while in Vancouver:

Enjoy a run, stroll, or bike ride in Stanley Park, which is Vancouver’s largest urban park at 1,001 acres. It is home to some beautiful natural attractions including the Vancouver Seawall, Lost Lagoon, and Beaver Lake.

VanDusen Botanical Garden covers about 55 acres of land with plants and trees from around the world. Be sure to check out the Korean Pavilion, the Stone Garden, and Elizabethan Hedge Maze (made of over 3,000 pyramidal cedars). Take time to bird watch and possibly observe the Great Blue Heron, the Red-tailed Hawk, the Purple Finch, and many other bird species that live in the Botanical Garden. The renowned Prunus ‘Ichiyo,’ a Japanese flowering cherry tree may also be in bloom during the conference.

Image Credit: Van Dusen Botanical Garden Vancouver by pkdon50. CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr.

You could sit back and enjoy a great view of the Vancouver skyline by the Spanish Banks Beach. Or even take a dip (if it’s not too cold)!

Take in some culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Current exhibits include Cezanne and the Modern, Clair de Lune: 19th and Early 20th Century French Paintings, The Poetics of Space, and Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron.

We also look forward to trying some local seafood during the conference – no trip to the Pacific Northwest is complete until you stop by a local fish restaurant.

Keep an eye out for these sessions and workshops during the 2015 American Philosophical Association Pacific meeting:

Wednesday, April 1st, 9am to 12pm:
Book Symposium: Shaun Nichols, Bound
Book Symposium: Christopher Hill, Meaning, Mind, and Knowledge
Book Symposium: Neera Badhwar, Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life

Wednesday, April 1st, 1pm to 4pm:
Book Symposium: Christian Miller, Character and Moral Psychology
Book Symposium: Ernie Lepore and Matthew Stone, Imagination and Convention: Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language
Book Symposium: Christian Coseru, Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy

Wednesday, April 1st, 6pm to 9pm:
Society for Business Ethics
Topic: Author-Meets-Critics: Joseph Heath, Morality, Competition, and the Firm

Society for Philosophy of Creativity
Society for Women in Philosophy Topic: Author-Meets-Critics: Hilde Lindemann,
Holding and Letting Go: The Social Practice of Personal Identities

Thursday, April 2nd, 9am to 12pm:
Book Symposium: Randolph Clarke, Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility
Book Symposium: Tim Crane, The Objects of Thought

Thursday, April 2nd, 1pm to 4pm:
Book Symposium: Derek Matravers, Fiction and Narrative
Book Symposium: Quassim Cassam, Self-knowledge for Humans
Book Symposium: Diana Raffman, Unruly Words: A Study of VagueLanguage
APA Committee Session: Transforming the Philosophical Canon

Thursday, April 2nd, 4pm to 6pm:
Symposium: Happiness

Thursday, April 2nd, 6pm to 9pm:
Society for Realist/Antirealist Discussion Topic: Steven French, The Structure of the World: Metaphysics and Representation

Society for the Philosophy of Agency
Topic: Book Symposium on Michael Bratman, Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together

Friday, April 3rd, 9am to 12pm:
Book Symposium: Ernest Sosa, Judgment and Agency
Book Symposium: Anthony Laden, Reasoning: A Social Picture

Friday, April 3rd, 1pm to 4pm:
Book Symposium: L. A. Paul, Transformative Experience

Friday, April 3rd, 7pm to 10pm:
Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals
Topic: Authors-Meet-Critics: The Ethics of Captivity

Saturday, April 4th, 9am to 12pm:
Book Symposium: Allan Hazlett, A Luxury of the Understanding
Book Symposium: R. Lanier Anderson, The Poverty of Conceptual Truth: Kant’s Analytic/Synthetic Distinction and the Limits of Metaphysics

Saturday, April 4th, 1pm to 4pm:
APA Committee Session: Author-Meets-Critics: Allen Buchanan, The Heart of Human Rights

Saturday, April 4th, 6pm to 9pm:
International Society for Environmental Ethics, Session 2
Topic: Author-Meets-Critics: J. Baird Callicott, Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic

Society for Philosophy and Disability
Topic: Puzzles about Disability

While you’re there, take time to visit our Oxford University Press Booth. You’ll be able to browse new and featured books which will include an exclusive 30% conference discount. Pick up complimentary copies of our philosophy journals which include Mind, Monist, Philosophical Quarterly, and many more. You can also receive free access to our online resources including Oxford Handbooks Online, Very Short Introductions Online, and Oxford Reference. Finally, you can also enter our raffle for a chance to win some OUP books.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Feature Image: 2014 – Vancouver – Alaska Cruise – Sailing Away, by Ted McGrath. CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr.

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