Philosophy Professor Elected Vice-President and then President of the American Philosophical Association

By Staci Wilson, CHASS Dean’s Office Student Intern
May 13, 2011

Professor John Fischer, chair of the UC Riverside philosophy department, has recently been elected vice president of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association (APA) for the 2011-2012 academic year, after which he will serve as president for a year. The APA was founded in 1900 as a society for philosophical scholars in order 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 three branches of the organization (Central, Eastern, and Pacific) meet separately on an annual basis in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas the APA was founded on, and each offers a range of prizes and awards intended to facilitate continuing philosophic scholarship among its members. As budget cuts in education continue to wreak havoc on university programming, however, the APA has become increasingly involved in lobbying for the survival of philosophy departments and majors around the world.

In addition to his dedicated and active involvement with the UC Riverside philosophy department, Professor Fischer teaches a full course load, has authored and edited a number of texts, (including Responsibility and Control: A Theory of Moral Responsibility), and works as a graduate student supervisor with a specialty in metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. He will serve as the Pacific Division APA vice-president during the 2011-2012 academic year, before becoming president for a year, and then fulfilling the duties of past president the following year. As his colleague, Professor Eric Schwitzgebel, puts it, “this is the highest honor that the Pacific Division can bestow and yet another sign that John is at the very top level of eminence in the profession.”

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