Subject of Discussion for the Next Meeting of the American Philosophical Association

E.G. Spaulding

THE Executive Committee of the American Philosophical Association, in order to carry out the instructions of the Association with reference to the discussion at the next meeting, convened on December 28, and has since been in correspondence concerning the matters referred to it for arrangement.

The Committee early reached the decision that, in order to facilitate the selection of a subject for discussion, it should make itself the Committee on Discussion. Accordingly, in that capacity, it has selected the problem of Values for discussion at the thirteenth annual meeting of the Association. The Committee, after considerable discussion, has decided to state this problem in only the most general form and in such a way as will allow all parties to present their more specific points of view and to participate in the discussion. To this end the Committee presents :

The Problem of the Relation of Existence and Value, including their relation both as facts and as concepts, and also the Relation of a Theory of Existence to a Theory of Value.

The Committee realizes that even this brief formulation may be open to criticism, but submits it with the request that it be accepted only as a point of departure for the discussion of the various minor problems and

( 168) points of view that are involved in the general problem. With the consent of the editors of the Philosophical Review and of the JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, the Committee now requests that either brief analyses, formulations, and discussions of the problem, or longer papers, be submitted for publication. Four members of the Committee have agreed on the appended formulation of the problem as involving the main points to be discussed and as connecting the next discussion with the principal points raised in the recent one at Columbia University. However, this formulation is published not even as a majority report, but only as one analysis out of the many which the Committee hopes will be submitted either to Professor Woodbridge or to Professor Creighton. The Committee now urgently requests a number of analyses of, and papers on, the problem selected, in order that later on the Committee may use this material as a basis for a final formulation, if this step be deemed wise.

The Committee wishes to announce that the invitations of Yale University and of the American Psychological Association have been accepted for the next meeting, which will consequently be held at New Haven on dates subsequently to be decided, though probably on December 29, 30, and 31, 1913. A joint session will be held with the Psychological Association for the purpose of discussing some topic of mutual interest.

E. G. SPAULDING, Secretary.



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