The Aristotelian Society

The Aristotelian Society

est. 1880

About

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.

2021 Joint Session

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.

The 95th Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association will be held at the University of Hertfordshire from 16 to 18 July 2021.

The local organisers are Constantine Sandis and Danièle Moyal-Sharrock.

future joint sessions

XCV
2021 joint session:
Hertfordshire

16-18 july 2021

XCVI
2022 joint session:
St Andrews

8-10 july 2022

XCVII
2023 joint session:
Birkbeck

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

XCIV
2020 joint session:
Kent

10 - 12 july 2020

XCIII
2019 joint session:
Durham

19 - 21 july 2019

XCII
2018 joint session:
Oxford

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.

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