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.
2019 Joint Session
The 93rd Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association will be held at the Durham University from 19 to 21 July 2019.
This year’s local organiser is Matthew Tugby.
Durham University is a collegiate public research university in Durham, North East England, founded in 1832. It was one of the first universities to commence tuition in England for more than 600 years and is one of a number of institutions that has been described as the third-oldest university in England. The university is a member of the Russell Group of British research universities after previously being a member of the 1994 Group. Durham is also affiliated with the regional N8 Research Partnership and international university groups including the Matariki Network of Universities and the Coimbra Group. It was Sunday Times University of the Year for 2005, also making the shortlist for the 2004 and 2016 awards, and the Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year for 2015.
call for papers
open & postgraduate sessions
The Joint Session includes 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
2020 joint session:
2021 joint session:
2022 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.
2018 joint session:
6 - 8 july 2018
2017 joint session:
14 - 16 july 2017
2016 joint session:
8 - 10 july 2016
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.