Provisional Statute of the Nicolai Hartmann Society

Article I. Name

The name of the organization shall be the “Nicolai Hartmann Society.”

Article II. Definition
The Nicolai Hartmann Society is an international civil society organization (also called non-governmental organization) the members of which join together in virtue of a common interest for the philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann.
Article III. Purpose

The purpose of the Nicolai Hartmann Society is to promote and foster the study of the philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann, its place in the history of philosophy, and its relevance for contemporary issues and fields of knowledge.
The official language of the Society is English

Article IV. Membership and structure

The membership of the Society will originally consist of the Provisional Executive Council. Membership must be approved by the Executive Council, and shall continue as long as the member pays dues as determined in the Article X.

The Society’s structure shall be sub-divided as follows:
1. The General Assembly of the Members of the Society
2. The Scientific Committee
3. The Executive Council (3 members)

Article V. Officers

The Society will have a president, a vice-president, a treasurer (with secretarial functions). This group shall be known as the Executive Council.
The Executive Council shall meet at such times and places as it may determine or at special meetings called by the president. The Executive Council shall manage the webpage and every organizational aspect of the Society’s activities. And the Executive Council may conduct its business by e-mail.

Article VI. Elections

Section 1: Every member of the Executive Council shall be elected every four years.

Section 2: No president shall fill three terms in succession. Should vacancies occur, the Executive Council shall appoint replacements until the next election.

Section 3: Elections may be conducted in a public Assembly of the members, while executive decisions may be communicated by e-mail.

Section 4: Every member of the Society can vote for the Executive Council so long as he/she pays dues as determined in the Article X.

Section 5: The admission of new members into the Scientific Committee shall be approved by the current committee, by majority voting.

Section 6: Every membership to the Scientific Committee can be revoked by the Executive Council.

Section 7: Every membership to the Executive Council can be revoked by the General Assembly of the members of the Society.

Article VII. The General Assembly

The General Assembly of the members of the Society can elect the members of the Executive Council and revoke its members. The Assembly can also modify the Statute of the Society. The approval of every decision requires the presence of a majority of members. The General Assembly is convened every three years. The General assembly decides the Association’s general orientations.

Article VIII. Duties of Officers

Section 1: The president shall take on control and coordination functions in all scientific activities of the Society. He/she represents the Society and shall preside at all plenary sessions of the society and at all meetings of the Executive Council.

Section 2: The treasurer shall have general charge of the business of the society. The treasurer shall receive donations and dues and disburse the society’s funds acting on behalf of the Executive Council. He/she shall keep a written record of receipts and expenditures, and provide a report at the meetings of the General Assembly.

Section 3: The vice-president shall be vested with all the powers and perform all the duties of the president in case of the absence or disability of the president and may be assigned other duties by the Executive Council or by the president.

Section 4: The Executive Council shall assist in the operations of the affairs of the society in matters of program, policy, and public relations.

Article IX. Provisional norms

The first General Assembly is convoked by a “Provisional Committee,” which loses office on the occasion of the first General Assembly. The General Assembly approves or modifies the Statute of Nicolai Hartmann Society (after it is proposed by the “Provisional Committee”) and votes for an Executive Council.

Article X. Dues

The annual dues shall be of twenty euros, normally to be paid on January first, and covering the year following that date. Dues for students shall be ten euros. The due are meant to cover the costs of activities organized by the Executive Council. The Society may receive donations. The collection and disbursement of funds in connection with the financing of any activity sponsored in whole or in part by the Society shall be handled by the Executive Council, and applications for grants to finance any activity sponsored in whole or in part by the Society shall bear the signature of the President (except where the Vice-president is acting in its place, as in the case of serious illness).