The Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association was established in London in the summer of 1910. The official published record of the Joint Session commenced in 1918 and became the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume. H. Wildon Carr, President of the Society from 1915 to 1918, wrote that “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.” Although a number of changes and additions would occur over the past century, the symposium format of the Joint Session has persisted to this day.
The Joint Session has grown to become the largest gathering of philosophers in the United Kingdom, taking place every summer at the end of the academic year – usually the second weekend of July (Friday to Sunday) – and at various universities across the UK and in Ireland. It has a solid reputation for attracting prestigious UK and international speakers working in a 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.
Over the last few years, the Joint Session has sometimes taken place alongside the BSPS and BSET annual conferences, with local organisers taking on responsibility for organising all three conferences.
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.
8-10 July 2022
7-10 July 2023
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.