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about the joint session

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.

The 2024 Joint Session

The official website for this year’s Joint Session can be found here

Registration for the Joint Session 2024 is now OPEN! Register here

The 98th Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association will be held at the University of Birmingham from 12 to 14 July 2024

2024 speakers

Inaugural Address

Quassim Cassam (Warwick)


I. Freedom and Domination

Cécile Laborde (Oxford) and Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus)

II. Political Epistemology

Linda Martín Alcoff (CUNY) and Robin McKenna (Liverpool)

III. Metaethics and the Nature of Properties

Jussi Suikkanen (Birmingham) and Neil Sinclair (Nottingham)

IV. Bertrand Russell on Experience

MGF Martin (Oxford/Berkeley) and Donovan E Wishon (Mississippi)

V. The Humanities

Stephen Grimm (Fordham) and Lilian O’Brien (Helsinki)

VI. Logical Consequence

Gillian Russell (Australian Catholic University) and Sara Uckelman (Durham

the full 2024 joint session programme will be announced soon.

Future Joint Sessions


University of birmingham

12-14 July 2024


University of glasgow

11-13 July 2025

The Supplementary Volume

The 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).