The Aristotelian Society

The Aristotelian Society

est. 1880


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 postgraduate sessions, and a range of satellite conferences.

The 91st Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association will be held at University of Edinburgh 14 to 16 July 2017.

This year’s local organiser is Aidan McGlynn.

The University of Edinburgh is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city of Edinburgh, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading research universities, ranked fourth in the UK for research power by the Research Excellence Framework. It is a member of both the Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 research universities in Europe. It has the third largest endowment of any university in the United Kingdom, after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. The university played an important role in leading Edinburgh to its reputation as a chief intellectual centre during the Age of Enlightenment, and helped give the city the nickname of the Athens of the North. Alumni of the university include some of the major figures of modern history, including physicist James Clerk Maxwell, naturalist Charles Darwin, philosopher David Hume, mathematician Thomas Bayes, surgeon Joseph Lister, signatories of the American declaration of independence James Wilson, John Witherspoon and Benjamin Rush, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, first president of Tanzania Julius Nyerere, and a host of famous authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, J.M. Barrie and Sir Walter Scott.

The Programme

********** Friday, 14 July 2017 **********

12.00 - 17.00


13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.30

Aristotelian Society Executive Committee Meeting
Mind Association Executive Committee Meeting

15.30 - 16.00

Aristotelian Society Annual General Meeting
Mind Association Annual General Meeting

16.00 - 17.00

Aristotelian Society & Mind Association Joint Meeting I

19.30 - 20.30

Wine Reception

20.30 - 22.00

Conference Dinner

18.00 - 01.00


********** Saturday, 15 July 2017 **********

07.30 - 08.45


09.00 - 12.00


9.00 - 10.50

Symposium I - Augustine on Perception

10.50 - 11.10


11.10 - 13.00

Symposium II - The Idea of Europe

13.00 - 14.00

Aristotelian Society and Mind Association Joint Meeting II
Society for Women in Philosophy Open Meeting

14.00 - 16.00

The Postgraduate Session

16.00 - 16.30


16.30 - 18.30

The Open Sessions
Society for Women in Philosophy Session

18.30 - 19.45


20.00 - 21.50

Symposium III - Language, Lies, and Logic

18.00 - 01.00


********** Sunday, 16 July 2017 **********

07.30 - 08.45


09.00 - 10.50

Symposium IV - Culture and Critique

Symposium V - Normative Dependence

10.50 - 11.15


11.15 - 13.15

The Open Sessions

13.15 - 14.30


13.15 - 14.15

British Philosophical Association Annual General Meeting

14.30 - 17.00

The Open Sessions

16.30 – 17.20


17.30 - 19.20

Symposium VI - Facts and Factivity

19.30 - 21.00


18.00 - 01.00


further info


University of Edinburgh

14-16 July 2017

School of Philosophy
Psychology and Language Sciences
Dugald Stewart Building
3 Charles Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9AD

Local Organiser: Aidan McGlynn

Programme edited by Guy Longworth (Warwick)

Visit the Official 2017 Joint Session Website | View the Open & Postgraduate Session CFP| View the Schedules for Future Joint Sessions | Listen to Joint Session Podcasts | Learn about the Supplementary Volume

future joint sessions

2018 joint session:

july 2018

2019 joint session:

july 2019

2020 joint session:

july 2020

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.

The hardcover volume is printed in black on an 80gsm white book wove stock accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Binding is in dark blue Arbelave Library Buckram over 2500 micron boards blocked in gold on the spine. This makes for a strong, attractive and durable book with a scuff resistant and wipeable cover.

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 2016 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association | Cardiff University

past conferences

2016 joint session:

8 - 10 july 2016

2015 joint session:

10 - 12 july 2015

2014 joint session:

11 - 13 july 2014

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.