The Aristotelian Society

The Aristotelian Society

est. 1880


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 94th Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association will be held at the University of Kent from 10 to 12 July 2020.

This year's local organisers are Graeme A. Forbes and Simon Kirchin.

The University of Kent was founded in 1965 and has since expanded from its main campus in the historic city of Canterbury to include other sites in the Medway towns and in various European capitals. It balances research intensity with high-quality teaching, covering a large number of subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including a broad portfolio in the arts and humanities.  A new Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries will be launched in 2020, and the University was recently successful in its bid to launch a new medical school (run jointly with Canterbury Christ Church University) which will admit its first students in September 2020. The last time the Joint Session visited Kent was 2004.

COVID-19 Update

Due to uncertainty about to possibility of international travel and large gatherings in July, the Mind Association, the Aristotelian Society and the local organisers at the University of Kent have decided to change the 94th Joint Session from a physical conference to an online one.

How will it work?

We will still hold the conference from 17.00 on Friday 10 July to 19.00 Sunday 12 July (all times BST), but now the Plenary Sessions, the Postgraduate Sessions, and the SWIP Sessions will be pre-recorded videos that we release at the start of the conference, with speakers finding time to respond to your comments and questions over the course of the weekend.

The Open Sessions, to reflect their more informal work-in-progress feel, and the logistics of dealing with so many, will be hosted on a website of the speaker’s choosing, and we will link to them from the official Joint Session website. We have other exciting plans we’re working on, to make sure that the Joint Session continues to be a flagship event in the UK philosophical calendar.

Attending the conference online is free, and the Supplementary Volume will be free to access online for an extended period from 3rd to 13th July. 

Please visit the official 2020 Joint Session website for further information.

The Programme


Symposium I

Reference and Communication


Symposium II

The Politics of Immigration

Symposium III

The Nature of Disorder

Symposium IV

Group Belief

Symposium V

Medieval Modalities

Symposium VI

Normative Powers

further info

future joint sessions

2021 joint session:

july 2021

2022 joint session:
St Andrews

july 2022

2023 joint session:

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

2019 joint session:

19 - 21 july 2019

2018 joint session:

6 - 8 july 2018

2017 joint session:

14 - 16 july 2017

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.