Sad Love: Beyond the Fairytale
Meet ‘philosophy’s crazy ex-girlfriend,’ Professor Carrie Jenkins, at this year’s annual joint event between the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Institute of Philosophy, as we explore the age-old question: what is love really?
Communicating to Increase Agency in Youth Mental Health Treatment Encounters and Beyond
When young people seek help from mental health professionals, these encounters can undermine or increase their sense of agency. Rose McCabe, Michele Lim and Lisa Bortolotti talk about communication in video-recorded encounters between young people and mental healthcare practitioners in emergency services.
The Person in Psychiatry: An Ecohumanist, Enactive Approach
Many people suffer from psychiatric disorders and mental distress, yet much is still unclear – both regarding how to understand these problems and how to best treat them. Sanneke de Haan presents this talk.
Ethnic Inequalities in Experience of Mental Distress and Illness and Care
Over six decades of research shows that there are ethnic inequalities in the experiences and outcomes of severe mental illness. Kam Bhui shares his views on conceptual confusions, causes, crises, and campaigns drawing on recent research.
What does art tell us about ourselves? Life, art, and philosophy
In the 2023 London Lecture, Professor Alva Noë explores the inseparability of life, art, and philosophy, arguing that we have greatly underestimated what this entangled reality means for understanding human nature.
Understanding Suicide and Assisted Dying for Persons with Mental Disorders
Mona Gupta explores, and challenges, the problem of how suicidality and assisted dying for persons with mental disorders are framed in political and public debates.
Our flagship series of London Lectures deliver accessible evening talks from autumn to spring every year, with a different speaker each week. The 2022-23 series were Words and Worlds: New Directions in the Philosophy of Language and each year the lectures are on a different theme.
Lectures are available on the Royal Institute’s YouTube channel, which attracted over 95,603 in the course of 2022. Papers based on the Lectures are published in annual volumes by Cambridge University Press.
Our annual lectures, which are open to the public free of charge, attract some of the world’s leading philosophers to share their thoughts on a topic of their choice. The lectures are held once a year in Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh and London. Recent lecturers include Heather Widdows, C. Thi Nguyen and Linda Martin Alcoff.
Written over 2000 years ago, Plato’s Symposium – literally, a ‘drinking together’ – is the first example in the Western world of what we would now call a round table discussion. Though we don’t serve drinks, each year we continue that tradition by bringing together four philosophers to discuss a topic of fundamental importance today. Symposia are open to the public free of charge. Find out more and watch discussions from previous years.
Discover events in your area hosted by our local partner organisations from across the UK. Events shared here promote access to the ideas, knowledge and experience of philosophy and are open to all.
SAPERE Annual Conference 2023: The future of philosophical education →
In partnership with the departments of Education and Philosophy at the University of Bristol – we invite academics, educators, practitioners, and policymakers to look to the future and envision where we want philosophical education to stand in the next decade and beyond.
Richard Wollheim Centenary programme →
The Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Thought network’s Richard Wollheim Centenary programme will take place in Oxford during 2023-24. It will comprise a series of informal lectures, discussion seminars and video presentations around the exhibition of Patrice Moor’s work, The Presence of Absence.