The Northwest Philosophy Conference is held each fall, attracting philosophers from across the United States and abroad. The primary purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for philosophical work as a service to the profession. This has been the major professional philosophy conference in the region for the past 71 years.

Conference Schedule

Program | Paper Sessions Schedule
Program | Paper Abstracts 

Each paper presentation is allotted a full hour, including approximately 20-25 minutes for the presentation, 10 minutes for a commentary, an optional response from the presenter, and the remainder for discussion and transitioning between presentations.

Friday, Oct. 25
1 to 5 p.m. | Concurrent Paper Sessions
5 to 7 p.m. | Keynote Address

Saturday, Oct. 26
8 to 9 a.m. | Breakfast
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Concurrent Paper Sessions
1 to 2 p.m. | Lunch
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Concurrent Paper Sessions
5 p.m. | Dinner Banquet

Keynote Address

The keynote speaker is Alison Jaggar, College Professor of Distinction in the Department of Philosophy and Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham (UK). The keynote address will serve as Pacific University’s Benjamin and Elaine Whiteley Distinguished Lecture, an annual offering of the College of Arts & Sciences.

We have decided to cancel the 2020 Northwest Philosophy Conference due to Covid-19. We do so with great regret, but with the understanding that the health and safety of our colleagues and community is of primary importance. The next Northwest Philosophy Conference will be in Fall 2021 at Portland State University. For any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Alex Sager (

Contact Us

Ben Hole | Conference Director