Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, APA Eastern Division Meeting, 10:00 a.m., January 8, 2016, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Capitol Boardroom

The President, Professor Eileen Sweeney, called the meeting of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy to order at 10:00. The first order of business was the Treasurer’s report.

The Society’s total assets presently stand at a little over $35,000. The Treasurer also wants to remind members of the need to pay their dues regularly and for all members to consider a charitable contribution to the Society.

The next item of business was the report of the Membership Committee, who proposed ten (10) new regular members, four (4) new student members and three (3) new a life members. The Secretary-Treasurer also wants to remind all conference or meeting organizers that they can offer graduate students who participate at SMRP hosted events a free year’s membership in the Society. Please contact the Society Secretary-Treasurer, Jon McGinnis (, for more details.

The Nominating Committee was pleased to recommend Sarah Pessin for a 3-year term as a member-at-large on the Executive Committee to replace Alan Bäck, who is cycling off this year. Professor Pessin was voted onto the Committee at the Business Meeting (January 8, Washington DC).

Thanks to the truly remarkable efforts of our Program Committee, the Society has arranged a total of 37 papers for the 2015–2016 Academic year, at no less than 6 different venues, including the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the APA Eastern, Central and Pacific conferences, the conference of the Renaissance Society of American and the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo. The Committee also want to acknowledge this year’s Founders’ Award, Jacob Tuttle, and his paper, “Suarez’s Non-Reductive Theory of Efficient Causation.”

Arguably the most significant item of business came under the report of the Newsletter Committee. The Newsletter was originally intended to provide, “written notice of the time, date and place of holding [the SMRP] annual meeting” [The Constitution and Bylaws of the SMRP, Article II, Sect. 3]. The Newsletter additionally evolved to include a bibliography and other information of possible interest to the Society’s membership. Given that all of this information is now provided electronically, the Executive Committee has decided to move away from the Newsletter in its present format. While all the information (and even more) formerly found in the Newsletter will continue to be disseminated to the membership, the vehicles for its distribution will become the Listserve and Website. Additionally, the intention is to provide the membership quarterly, rather than bi-annual, updates about Society events, activities and works.

During the report of the Finance Committee it was announced that an anonymous donor has made a $100 matching donation, so please consider matching this amount in support of the Society and its activities. The final piece of business was the proposed budget for 2016, which came to $2175, which is significantly less than last year. The primary reason for the smaller budget is that next year the Society shall be trying out the idea of a “President’s Reception” on alternate years. The President’s Reception involves the Society’s buying rounds of drinks and appetizers up to $500 for the attendees.
The Executive meeting was adjourned at 12:20 to general acclaim.

Respectfully submitted, Jon McGinnis.