The Hegel Society of         America

Minutes of the Business Meeting

Fifteenth Biennial Meeting of the Hegel Society of America

October 3, 1998 (Athens, Georgia)

The Business Meeting was called to order by the Society's President, Larry Stepelevich, at approximately 6:25 p.m.

Larry Stepelevich reminded members about the Society's web-page ("www.hegel.org"), and encouraged them to visit the web-page for continuously updated information on the Society and related areas of interest.

Ardis Collins presented the Treasurer's Report.  As part of her Report, she expressed the Society's gratitude to Loyola University of Chicago and to John McCumber (current holder of the Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professorship at Northwestern University) for their generous help in sustaining the Owl of Minerva.  Dr. Collins also announced that the deadline for submissions for the special issue of the Owl (dedicated to H.S. Harris's two-volume work, Hegel's Ladder) has been extended from February 1, 1999 to February 1, 2001.

Next, the following resolution was considered:  "The Executive Council of the Society shall be charged with the duty of organizing regular HSA group sessions at the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), to be held each year when the Hegel Society does not meet on its own (i.e., to be held in odd-numbered years).  The Council shall organize each biennial group session at the APA in accordance with the following procedures:

    1. There shall be an open "call for organizers" of the group session;
    2. Once the Executive Council has selected an organizer or organizers for the group session, the organizer(s) shall circulate an open "call for papers" for the group session;
    3. Papers to be presented at the HSA-sponsored session at the Eastern Division meeting of the APA shall be selected by a committee in accordance with a policy of blind review.
The Executive Council of the Society shall also be authorized to grant its approval to HSA-sponsored sessions at philosophical venues other than the Eastern Division Meeting of the APA, e.g., group sessions or book sessions at the Central or Pacific Division meetings of the APA, etc.  In the case of such other sessions, the Executive Council shall have discretion to vary procedures as necessary."  After some discussion, a vote was taken and the resolution passed.

Next, the following resolution was considered:  "Professor Daniel Shannon of Depauw University shall be authorized to establish a new e-mail discussion group under the auspices of the Hegel Society of America.  The discussion group shall be restricted to members of the Hegel Society of America, but otherwise unmoderated for content."  After some discussion, a vote was taken and the resolution passed.

Elections were held for Officers and Councillors.  The results of the elections (announced later at the Society's banquet) were as follows:

President: Robert Williams
Vice-President: David Duquette
Councillors: Angelica Nuzzo and Melvin Woody (to replace outgoing Councillors Daniel Dahlstrom and Philip Grier).
Next, suggestions for the theme of the HSA conference in the year 2000 were solicited, and a vote was taken.  The theme of the 2000 conference was determined to be: "Hegel's History of Philosophy."  Then, on behalf of Fordham University, Michael Baur invited the Society to hold its conference in the year 2000 in New York City.  The Society voted to accept the invitation and to hold its 2000 meeting in New York City, with Fordham University as the host institution.

The Business Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Michael Baur, HSA Secretary


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