The Conference

“Metaphysics on the Mountain 2” is the 2017 edition of the annual topic-focused Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference (INPC).  Since 1998, the INPC has brought together leading scholars from around the world to share their philosophical research with each other and, frequently, with the general public as well.  In 2017 the conference will be held March 13-17 in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho and will focus on such topics as grounding, essence, the nature of truth, and the relation between science and metaphysics.

Public Talk by David Chalmers

While the academic portion of the conference is open only to invited scholars, the public is invited to attend a lecture by distinguished conference participant, philosopher, and author, David Chalmers.  Entitled “The Virtual and the Real:  The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality,” the free lecture will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, March 14 at the Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho.  Audience questions and a brief reception will follow.


The director of the 2017 meeting is Andrew Cortens, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Boise State University. The INPC Executive Director is Joseph Keim Campbell, Professor of Philosophy at Washington State University.


The 17th Annual Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference is made possible by the following Boise State University divisions and programs:  The College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and the Department of Philosophy.

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For more information on INPC 2017 email acorten@boisestate.edu or phone (208) 426-1726.