The Aristotelian Society

The Aristotelian Society

est. 1880


The Joint Session is a three-day conference in philosophy that is held annually during the summer by the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association. It has taken place at nearly every major university across the United Kingdom and in Ireland. Since 1910, the Joint Session has grown to become the largest gathering of philosophers in the country, attracting prestigious UK and international speakers working in a broad range of philosophical areas. Inaugurated by the incoming President of the Mind Association, the Joint Session includes symposia, open and postgradaute sessions, and a range of satellite conferences.

The first Joint Session took place in the summer of 1910 off Albermarle Street in the Mayfair area of London. For a number of years it included the British Psychological Society. In 1918, the first official record of the Joint Session was published as the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume.

One notable feature of the Joint Session is its symposium format. The symposia provide a rare opportunity to witness live and engaging debate between leading philosophers. According to the 11th President of the Aristotelian Society, H. Wildon Carr (1915-1918):

“The purpose of the Aristotelian Society Symposium is to bring together opposite, divergent, and diverse answers to some vital question of philosophical controversy in a definite manner. The opening paper is designed to state a thesis, and the second paper an antithesis, and these are followed by other points of view’’ (Supplementary Volume I [1918]).

Gratis: Symposia on “Pretending” feat. J.L. Austin & G.E.M. Anscombe at the1958 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society & the Mind Association - University of Southampton

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Featured symposia include Gilbert Ryle and G.E. Moore (1933), R.W. Hepburn and Iris Murdoch (1956), Thomas Nagel and Bernard Williams (1976), Martha Nussbaum and Rosalind Hursthouse (1984), John Broome and Derek Parfit (1997), and many more.

2020 Joint Session

The 2020 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association |  University of Kent

The 94th Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association will be held at the University of Kent from 10 to 12 July 2020.

This year's local organisers are Graeme Forbes and Simon Kirchin.

Due to uncertainty about to possibility of international travel and large gatherings in July, the Mind Association, the Aristotelian Society and the local organisers at the University of Kent have decided to change the 94th Joint Session from a physical conference to an online one.

We will still hold the conference from 17.00 on Friday 10 July to 19.00 Sunday 12 July (all times BST), but now the Plenary Sessions, the Postgraduate Sessions, and the SWIP Sessions will be pre-recorded videos that we release at the start of the conference, with speakers finding time to respond to your comments and questions over the course of the weekend.

View the 2020 Joint Session programme for more information.

future joint sessions

2021 joint session:

july 2021

2022 joint session:
St Andrews

july 2022

2023 joint session:

july 2023

supplementary volume

The inaugural address and symposia for the Joint Session are published in the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume, which is published digitally and in hardcover every June. The Supplementary Volume is sent to subscribing members of the Society in categories 4 and 5.

Members in other categories can purchase the hardcover Supplementary Volume from the Online Shop. Volumes will also be available at the registration desk during the conference.

Subscriptions to the Supplementary Volume also includes online access via Wiley Online Library (please note that one-off purchases of the hardcover volume do not include membership or online access).

The 2018 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association | Cardiff University

past conferences

2019 joint session:

19 - 21 july 2019

2018 joint session:

6 - 8 july 2018

2017 joint session:

14 - 16 july 2017

subscribing memberships

Subscribing members receive online access to the Proceedings from 2000 to the most current issue.

Subscribing members also receive the bound, hardcover volume of the latest Proceedings through the post.