Scots Philosophical Association


Founded in 1900 as the Scots Philosophical Club, the Scots Philosophical Association (SPA) is the professional association of philosophers in Scotland. Its primary purpose is to promote the study and teaching of philosophy in Scotland. This is achieved through the organization of an annual meeting, the sponsorship of conferences and workshops, the sponsorship of fellowships (including the annual SPA Centenary Fellowship and the David Hume Fellowship at Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities), and the provision of grants to philosophy departments (which fund seminars, faculty travel, and postgraduate activities).   The SPA is the joint owner of the Philosophical Quarterly.



All members of academic staff in philosophy departments (or equivalent units) at Scottish universities belong to the SPA automatically (unless they resign), and continue their membership after they have retired. Members of other academic departments who teach philosophy are also eligible for membership; there are further categories of honorary and associate membership. Postgraduate students in the Scottish philosophy departments are encouraged to attend the Association’s meetings.

Annual meeting

The SPA’s annual meeting is held on the first weekend in December, with the location rotating between Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Stirling, St Andrews, Glasgow, and Dundee.  The 2015 meeting will be held on 4th and 5th December at the University of Glasgow.

Philosophy conferences in Scotland

Our conference calendar offers information about upcoming conferences and workshops in Scotland.

There is a separate page for calls for papers.

If you’re organizing a conference or workshop and would like it to be added to either page, please contact the Secretary.

Conference support

Income from sales of the Philosophical Quarterly enables the SPA to offer grants to support philosophy events organised in Scotland.


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The Scots Philosophical Association is a charity registered in Scotland: No SC040535