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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?
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.
Gloucestershire Philosophical Society →
Gloucestershire Philosophical Society provides a forum for debate on issues of current interest alongside informative lectures from specialists in many areas of philosophical, political, social, scientific and artistic thought. The meetings are open to both the academic and wider community.
Philosophical Fiction Book Club →
The Philosophical Fiction Book Club invites you join their meetings to discuss fiction that explores the nature of existence, challenges social and political concepts and tries to get to the core of what it might mean to be human. Click here for a list of all the upcoming events and more information on how to book.
Critical thinking in health care ethics and law
Whose health matters more? How should we think about human embryo research? And how should we look after people as they approach the end of their lives? Dr Jan Deckers explores such questions from his recently published book 'Fundamentals of Critical Thinking in Health Care Ethics and Law' on Thursday 28th March, 5:00-6:30pm at The University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for queries.
In the mind of a conspiracy theorist →
TRIP at Birmingham invites you to a special screening of animated videos inspired by recent projects on the relationship between conspiracy beliefs and delusions and on epistemic injustice. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion by experts in conspiracy theories, delusional beliefs, misinformation, disagreement, and fake news.