The Philosophy of the City (POTC) Research Group takes the city as an object of study, focusing on its political, social, epistemological, metaphysical, ethical, and environmental dimensions.
From an interdisciplinary perspective, it incorporates disciplines such as urban planning, environmental science and studies, ecology, architecture, geography, and the arts. Research questions often deal with applied philosophy and ethics, and utilize established knowledge from other areas of study. All philosophical traditions are welcome.
The group holds a conference annually, along with sessions at the American Philosophical Association’s meetings. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the philosophical dimensions of the city.
To learn more about the research group, go the main website: https://philosophyofthecity.org/
- Shane Epting, Codirector
- Ronald R. Sundstrom, Codirector
- Michael Nagenborg, Codirector
- Jules Simon, Codirector
- Sanna Lehtinen, Codirector
- Judith Green, Executive Committee Member
- David Woods, Executive Committee Member
The Philosophy of the City Research Group hosted its first international event in New York in 2013. Ever since, the annual conferences and summer colloquia have been the central activities of a growing community of scholars sharing their passion for philosophy and the city.
Conferences hosted by the Philosophy of The City Research Group include:
- Philosophy of the City 2020, Warsaw, Poland
- Philosophy of The City 2019, Detroit, Michigan
- Philosophy of The City 2018, Bogota, Columbia
- Philosophy of The City 2017, Porto, Portugal
- Philosophy of The City 2016, San Francisco
- Philosophy of The City 2015, Hong Kong, Portland and Mexico City
- Philosophy of The City 2014, Mexico City
- Philosophy of The City 2013, New York