Wesleyan Philosophical Society

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The Wesleyan Philosophical Society (WPS) is an academic society largely represented by academic institutions affiliated with Christian denominations in the Wesleyan tradition. Despite its primarily Wesleyan orientation, there has been increasing participation from scholars in Catholic, Orthodox, and other Protestant (such as Lutheran and Pentecostal) traditions. Likewise, there are no formal doctrinal or affiliational requirements for membership in the society or participation (including as a presenter) at its conferences. Anyone with an interest in philosophical subjects pertaining to conference themes (broadly construed) is welcome to attend, regardless of his or her personal theological orientation or affiliation.


The society was conceived during a 2001 meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society meeting at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Brint Montgomery, Thomas Jay Oord, and Robert Thompson served as the early organizing forces. The society first met in Hobe Sound, Florida in March 2002. The society has grown steadily since then, featuring up to approximately 30 papers (as space and time allow) per conference in recent years.


The WPS has published sample papers of its activities on its official website (see below). These published papers have been selected from conference presentations. Such conference presentations are the result of a peer-review process of selection from a Call for Papers. The site is maintained by Brint Montgomery, professor of Philosophy at Southern Nazarene University.
The society's published books:


WPS meets each year at various sites around the United States in conjunction with its sister society, the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology (SSPWT). Conference registration also enables participants to attend sessions of SSPWT for no additional charge. While independent, the WPS has also maintained a relationship with the older Wesleyan Theological Society, meeting each year a day prior to the WTS at the same location.


WPS leadership is elected from members of the society at its annual business meeting during its conference. Its executive leadership consists of a President, 1st Vice-President, and 2nd Vice-President. The organisation also maintains a review coordinator for submissions, and a promotional secretary.

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