The Philosophy Society of University College Dublin (UCD Philsoc) was founded in 1965. The purpose of the society is to encourage the learning, thinking and discussion of philosophical ideas; and to act as a social forum of exchange for those interested in philosophical or intellectual matters.
The Philosophy Society regularly invites notable speakers to deliver individual addresses to the Society. In recent years these speakers have included include Robert Fisk,] Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, Norman Finkelstein, Professor Richard Swinburne and Professor Noam Chomsky.
Academics are frequently invited in to discuss their area of research.
Debates and Dialogues
The society frequently hosts public debates in which both topical issues and age-old philosophical questions are discussed. Speakers in the debates consist of both UCD students and leading academics.
One of the highest profile events in recent years was when the society hosted a debate on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict with the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland: Ahmad Abdelrazek and Israeli Ambassador to Ireland: Boaz Modai that attracted widespread media coverage.