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):
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.
2018 Joint Session
The 92nd Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association will be held at the University of Oxford, 6-8th of July 2018.
This year’s local organiser is Peter Kail.
The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university located in Oxford, England. It has no known date of foundation, but there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The university is made up of a variety of institutions, including 38 constituent colleges and a full range of academic departments which are organised into four divisions. All the colleges are self-governing institutions within the university, each controlling its own membership and with its own internal structure and activities. Being a city university, it does not have a main campus and instead its buildings and facilities are scattered throughout the city centre. The university operates the world's oldest university museum, as well as the largest university press in the world – Oxford University Press, the Society's publishing partner – and the largest academic library system in Britain. Oxford has educated many notable alumni, including 28 Nobel laureates, 27 prime ministers of the United Kingdom and many heads of state and government around the world.
Call for Papers
open & postgraduate sessions
Over the years the Joint Session has grown to include submitted papers from all areas of philosophy. The Open Sessions take place during the Saturday and Sunday afternoons, allowing for an extensive and diverse programme of talks. The intention is to accommodate all philosophical material suitable for presentation - so far as time and space in the programme allow - and to not operate on a selective policy.
The Postgraduate Session takes place on the Saturday and contains eight student papers that were submitted for blind-review and selected by the Editor. Exemplary talks from the Postgraduate Session have the opportunity of being published in the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society.
future joint sessions
2019 joint session:
2020 joint session:
2021 joint session:
Visit our Future Joint Sessions page for further information.
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.
2017 joint session:
14 - 16 july 2017
2016 joint session:
8 - 10 july 2016
2015 joint session:
10 - 12 july 2015
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.