Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) is a philosophical society whose initial purpose was to promote the study of phenomenology and existentialism but has since expanded to a wide array of contemporary philosophical pursuits, including critical theory, feminist philosophy, poststructuralism, critical race theory, and, increasingly non-Eurocentric philosophies. SPEP was created in 1962 by American philosophers who were interested in Continental philosophy and were dissatisfied with the analytic dominance of the American Philosophical Association. It has since emerged as the second most important philosophical society in the United States. Gail Weiss and Alan Schrift are the current Co-Executive Directors of SPEP.
SPEP's first meeting was at Northwestern University in 1962, during which "a handful or two of phenomenologists, existentialists, and iconoclasts gathered." Now with a membership of over 2,500, SPEP has grown to be one of the largest philosophical societies in North America.
As an acronym for Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, "SPEP" also denotes a series of scholarly monographs and translations founded by James M. Edie and published by Northwestern University Press since the early 1960s, including works by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricoeur, and Edmund Husserl. The current series editor is Anthony Steinbock.
- Willett, Cynthia; Anthony Steinbock; Lauren Guilmette (2012). "Introduction". Journal of Speculative Philosophy. 26 (2): 79–81. doi:10.5325/jspecphil.26.2.0079.
- Gutting, Gary (2012-02-19). "Bridging the Analytic–Continental Divide". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
- "SPEP officers". Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
- DesAutels, Peggy. "Amy Allen: November 2013". Highlighted Philosophers. American Philosophical Association. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- "SPEP About". Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
- "Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy". Northwestern University Press. Northwestern University. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
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