Welcome to PhilSoc

Welcome to the University of Edinburgh Philosophy Society. Our goal is to make philosophy accessible and interesting, to create safe spaces for people to learn about and discuss philosophy, and to expand their horizons. Every week we have a discussion group, a reading and film group, a guest lecture, and academic support. Whether you’re a full-time philosophy student or just peripherally interested, our society is bound to have something that’s just right for you.


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Our Discussion Group is every Monday evening.

Our Reading and Film Group meets every Tuesday.

Our Academic Support Sessions are every Thursday afternoon.

Our Lecture Series is every Thursday evening.


While you can always find out more on our events page and on Facebook, below is an overview of this week’s events.

Reading and Film Group
Monday 28th March; 7pm; Usher’s, West Nicolson St. (Map)
This week’s reading: Foucault’s Power/Knowledge (can be found in The New Social Theory Reader 2008 by Steven Seidman (Editor), Jeffrey C. Alexander (Editor); Chapter 5)
Our Reading and Film Groups begin with a film every three weeks, followed by two weeks of readings on a related topic. NO assumed knowledge

Tuesday 29th March; 7pm; Usher’s, West Nicolson St. (Map)
Topic: Why do philosophy?
We’re normally at the back table. Grab a coffee/pint and join us for some philosophical discussion. NO assumed knowledge and all are welcome! You can also follow the discussion on twitter.
Thursday 31st March; 2pm until 4pm; Room 6.01, Dugald Stewart Building.
Our academic support officer will be holding Open Access office hours. Open to all undergraduate philosophy students with focus on pre-honours. Come along at any time with queries such as class content (including logic), tutorial readings, class essays and exams, and general peer support.
Thursday 31st March; 6:15pm; Lecture Theatre 1, Appleton Tower.
Speaker: Dr. Guy Fletcher, University of Edinburgh
Title: Slurs, Defamation and Reclaiming
End of Year Social
Friday 1st April; 8:30pm; Cellar Monkey, Argyle Pl. (Map)
Theme: Anything Beginning With ‘P’
We know you’re all gearing up for the approaching exam season, so we’d like to have one last event before you hide away to revise. Join us at the Cellar Monkey to celebrate the end of the semester and the imminent holidays. The costume theme is Anything Beginning With ‘P’ so be imaginative and come as something that will impress us, whether that be a platypus, a planet, or Plato. Come along and we’ll drink to drown our essay sorrows, to celebrate our upcoming freedom, and simply to note the end of the academic year. We look forward to seeing you there!