The Aristotelian Society

The Aristotelian Society

est. 1880


The Joint Session is the premier UK general philosophy conference, 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.

Due to ongoing uncertainty about the possibility of international travel and large gatherings in July 2021, the Mind Association, the Aristotelian Society and the local organisers at the University of Hertfordshire will hold the 95th Joint Session online. The conference will run from 16th to 18th July, with   the symposia, postgraduate, and SWIP sessions taking place live over zoom. The open sessions and Mind fellows talk will be prerecorded videos, linked from the conference website, with with speakers finding time to respond to your comments and questions over the course of the weekend. 

In addition to the regular symposia and talks, comedian Robert Newman will give a talk on ‘Wittgenstein’s Joke Book- notes on the philosophy of laughter’. Philosopher, literary critic, and poet Christopher Norris will read from his Socrates at Verse and Other Philosophical Poems and debut some new philosophical poetry. There will also be live interactive social events using

There will be no registration fee for this year's conference. Pre-recorded sessions will be available for to all who wish to view, and live sessions will require a Zoom link which will be sent to all registered participants. We kindly ask that participants who are not currently members of either the Aristotelian Society or the Mind Association join at least one of these prior to attendance.

The local organisers from the University of Hertfordshire are Constantine Sandis and Danièle Moyal-Sharrock.

For full details and to participate in the conference, and for updates on the format and program, please see the official conference website.

The Programme


********** Friday, 16 July 2021 **********

16.30 - 17.00

Comedy Special: Rob Newman

17.30 - 18.00

Poetry Special: Chris Norris

18.00 - 18.30

Live Social Event

********** Saturday, 17 July 2021 **********

9.30 – 11.00

Symposium I


11.30 - 13.30


14.30 - 15.30

Live Social Event

15.00 – 16.30

Symposium II

Mill on Freedom of Speech

17.00 – 18.30

Symposium III

Toxic Speech

18.30 - 19.00

Live Social Event

********** SUNDAY, 18 July 2021 **********

9.30 – 11.00

Symposium IV


11.30 – 13.00

Symposium V

Virtue and Particularity

14.00 - 14.30

Live Social Event

14.30 – 16.00

Symposium VI

Modal Metaphysics

16.30 - 18.30

The Postgraduate Session

18.00 - 19.00

Live Social Event

further info

future joint sessions

2021 joint session:

16-18 july 2021

2022 joint session:
St Andrews

8-10 july 2022

2023 joint session:

7-10 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

2020 joint session:

10 - 12 july 2020

2019 joint session:

19 - 21 july 2019

2018 joint session:

6 - 8 july 2018

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.