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.
- Week 3: Freshers Week
- Week 4: Literature Week
- Week 5: Conspiracy Week
- Week 6: Science Fiction Week
- Week 8: Cryptocurrency Week
- Week 9: Modern Economics
- Week 10: Charity and Community Week
- Week 11: Celebrations Week
- Semester 2//Wk 1: Ethics Week
- Week 2: Games Week
- Week 3: Justice Week
- Week 4: Art Week
- Week 5: Valentine's Week
- Week 6: Satire Week
- Week 7: Politics Week
- Week 8: Feminism and Critical Theory Week
<Three events, my oh my!>
Go head to head with future friends and test your philosophical mettle! Warning: laughs will be had and heads will likely be muddled
-‘Philosophy Pub Quiz’, 6pm, Pav 6. –
Join us this Thursday for the first in our series of ‘Spicy Debates’. The aim of the game? Simple, develop a convincing argument while eating increasingly spicy food. Just remember, don’t be a hothead!
-PhilSoc ‘Spicy Debate’, 8pm, the Red Room-
Speedfriending with UCDPhilSoc. What more needs to be said? We’re giving you an opportunity to discuss anything and everything from the international differences in toast making to the significance of canals. Why not drop by?
– PhilSoc Speedfriending, location and time to be confirmed-
Have a suggestion or question? Drop us an email.
N.B: Our events are open to all, no required readings for this week’s events (any future events drawing from a reading will be given in advance of the event for those interested). Be there or be square 🙂
‘Mystery reading’, 19:00, G108
The arrival of Spooktober is at the fore for this week as we delve into mystery, fishing out meaning and interesting ideas that stick with us
LawSoc xPhilSoc, ‘This House Believes Ignorance is Bliss’, 18:30, Fitzgerald Chamber
LawSoc x PhilSoc collaborative debate where we discuss whether or not ignorance is bliss. Watch as two members of the committee take to the floor: our Auditor, Darragh, and our Head Speakers Convener, Kat. You have been warned LawSoc!
‘Ice Cream Afternoon w/ LitSoc’, 2pm, Pav.4
Join us on an afternoon filled with ice cream as we discuss everything and anything with the members of the English and Literary society (LitSoc). Event runs from 14:00-15:30 in two 45 minute slots, those interested can book via our linktree.
Hush hush, it’s a surprise-keep your ears about you!
Everything is fine. Act natural. Come on now, be convincing!
Come along with PhilSoc as we discuss things conspiratorial and counterculture.
Monday: Mystery Film Screening
Surprise screening centering around the theme of ‘conspiracy’. Come along and have a laugh with a hearty discussion of the films topics post screening.
Meeting 7pm outside the James Joyce library
Wednesday: Orators Competition
Bring your best voice and put all your rhetoric on the table with this event. Points going for creativity, good philosophical arguments and overall style. Come on down, we’ll lend an ear to the wackiest of ‘uncoverings’.
6pm, Theatre M, Newman Building
Thursday: Coffee Bunker w/ Tinfoil hat competition
Make tinfoil hats to stave off those pesky listeners-in (by sheer metallic scrunching alone) while discussing such things as one’s go-to apocalypse meal, bushcraft and uncanny instances of deja vu over bitter, bitter coffee. It’ll be super fun!
Room yet to be clarified. Will be updated ASAP
We’re well into spooky season now, lovelies, that means fiction, escapism and daring doom!
This week will have a variety of dialogues, readings and maybe even a screening (ooh la la)!
‘Mystery Reading: Surprise Science Fiction’, 7 pm, Theatre O
Mystery readings followed by an open floor discussion of the texts and whatever goes beyond that!
OGM: Join the Committee, 6 pm
Stick your head in and see what the committee is like. You are welcome to vie for any of the advertised committee positions that strike your fancy! Best of luck and may the odds be ever in your favour.
Film Screening w/ SciFi+FantasySoc
‘Invader Zim-Enter the Florpus’, 5 pm, UCD Cinema
We’ve managed to bundle ourselves in on SciFi and Fantasy Soc’s great plans. It looks as though it’ll be great fun. Numbers are limited, register your interest in advance via the form on our Linktree.
‘Choose your own Adventure-er: build a character’, 6 pm
This Thursday we’ll be taking a look at the sociological aspects that inform a sci-fi character’s design. Attendees will have to consider such things as religion, technology, illness, climate, class and humanity when designing their characters. We’d love to have everyone share their designs and talk out their ideas about why subject X affects their character in the way that it does. Points going for best design, strangest character and most cohesive idea-to-design. All are welcome, get your creativity a going!
*note: please bring a set of colouring pencils*
Hello! This week PhilSoc will be hosting the first of our weeks dedicated to finance and the philosophical questions that surround it – touching on value, distribution and deprivation as we go along. The particular subject at hand is ‘Cryptocurrency’, so suit up and buckle in!
‘The basics of crypto’
Are you looking for an opportunity to become crypto-literate after having been flummoxed by blockchain? Then this event is for you. The logical philosophers out there may find some exciting forms of reasoning displayed in an entirely new medium. Come along and sate your curiosity!
Time: 18:30, meeting first outside the entrance to the James Joyce library
‘the pros and cons of a decentralised currency’
This is sure to be a stimulating and highly informative debate! Be sure to register your interest. We’ll be hosting some very high profile speakers! In addition, our sponsors at Gigabyte Investment will be in attendance adding to the argument.
Hello soon to be graduates, early birds and philosophy minded people! This week we will be hosting a LinkedIn for Beginners event for anyone to come along to. Details are TBA, if interested please note your interest in this week’s events form.
This week PhilSoc will be holding a wide array of events relating to the subject of ‘Modern Economics’. Several collaborations will be held along with the promise of pizza and wedges!
it’s a double bill, lovelies!
NetSoc X PhilSoc Black Mirror screening
location: Blue room, the Student Centre
‘Keynes and the Treaty of Versailles’
location: A105, the Newman Building
Ultimate Capitalism Monopoly
location: F101, the Newman Building
Coffee Morning LinkedIn info session with ArtsSoc
time: 10:30 am-12:00 noon
location: Meeting Room 5, the Student Centre
We’re looking forward to seeing you there! Have a suggestion for an upcoming event? Then give us a shout!
the UCD Philosophy Society
We’re fundrasing this week and celebrating all things important to you. Let us know what you’d like to see from us.
PhilSoc and UCDSVP discuss…
the philosophy of volunteering and charity engagement
Location: A105, the Newman Building
Announcement of PhilSoc’s chosen charity (Looking forward to this!).
zoom link to be made available on our linktree shortly.
Intro. to fundraiser event competition with UCD World Aid Soc and UCDSVP
We’ll go over guidelines,allocation of starter packs and general discussion with UCD World Aid Soc and UCDSVP. This serves as a lovely opportunity to ask whatever questions you may have relating to this fundraiser, give suggestions and even inquire on two societies you may have missed at the start of this year.
This week we’re taking it a bit slower. We’ll be hosting another round of spicy debates for people to take part in and get some grub and a coffee morning filled with festive treats to pour your troubles over. So take it easy, you’ll pull through. If you’re in need of a friendly face and a moment to decompress why not consider dropping by.
Spicy Speed Debate
6 pm, G109 in the Newman Building
Festive Coffee Morning
10:30 am, Location TBA
As our “welcome back” to college we’ll be hosting a week of ethical refreshers.
Event 1// Wednesday:
Our first event will be online. It will take place on Wednesday, 19th from 8pm onwards. We’ll be hosting an Among Us game with discussions being held over discord. If that sounds good then keep an eye out for the game code.
Event 2// Thursday:
PhilSoc Ethics Bowl
Discussion of ethical dilemmas, the floor is yours!
6:30pm-7:30pm on Thursday 20th in Meeting Rooms 5,6,7 in the Student Centre.
Events on this week:
Jackbox with Netsoc @ 5pm
This event is available to attend in person and online (check out our Discord), we’ll have some people operating from a lecture hall. Room TBA. Remember to bring a device to connect to!
Coffee Morning with ArtSoc @ 10am
We’ll be meeting outside the ArtSoc office in the Newman basement. Be sure to bring a clean cup and of course plenty of chat material.
Spicy Speed Debates @ 6pm
Room TBA, due to be held somewhere within Newman
DIY Boardgames with PhilSoc @ 5pm
We’re thinking about renting out a little place to go bowling, register your interest via our linktree form if that sounds intriguing! Places are limited so snag a place before anyone else!
This week PhilSoc hosts a week of events centered on the subject of justice. We’ll be examining what justice is and how the legal arm attempts to replicate it. We’re expecting some wild takes!
5pm, Theatre R, Newman Building
Real or not? At this event you’ll be asked to vote on whether you think the law discussed is a real law or not. It’s trickier than it sounds.
Justice Week screening w/NetSoc
6pm, Theatre R, Newman Building
Catch a break this Wednesday. We’ll be taking a look at films which take a crack at portraying famous and fictional legal proceedings. And no perms will not be used to undermine anyone’s alibi.
Create your own legal system
5pm, B110, Newman Building
Here you are the senate! Defend why you think donkeys ought to be leviathan, why not thanking bus drivers becomes a punishable crime etc. However zany let’s make it a cohesive model! I’m excited for this one if I may say so.
This week we’re paying attention to the topic of art. Discuss Manet, emotional inter-subjectivity and all things experimental and expressive at our events this week.
PhilSoc Art Week Screening
16:30-17:30, Blue Room, the Student Centre
Three short films will be shown. Discussion time and pizza included in slot above. Beret wearers welcome.
Art Week Coffee Morning
10:00-11:00, Location TBC (though we’ll likely be hanging around Bluebird)
Take in the sights and chat along. Please do not confuse your paint water cup with your leaf juice mug!
18:00 (time may change, please see our discord for more detailed updates)
Meeting outside the entrance to the James Joyce Library.
Art supplies not required but a welcome addition.
Will you be our Valentine? Today’s the day we celebrate agape, partnership and beekeeping (yes beekeeping!)!
In the spirit of this lovely day, we are dedicating a whole week to the topic of love. We endeavour to discuss what it is to love; whether it is a form of creation or conscious expression and how it transforms those involved.
I hope that sounds good to you, if so then read on!
Valentine’s Day Mystery Reading
5-7 pm, Theatre O, the Newman Building
Come along and familarise yourself with some philosophers interested in the philosophy of love.
Stupid Cupid Coffee Morning
10:30-11:30 am, Blue Room, Upstairs in the Old Student Centre
Have a sip on a cup of something warm and a munch on something sweet as we chat all things love in pop culture. The soapbox is yours, if you have a diatribe concerning love and its depiction in film/music/literature we’d love to hear it.
7pm, F102, the Newman Building
Come along and get to know some new people-if you’re really stuck for conversation we have some themed prompts to chuck into the mix. Looking forward to what your favourite cereal is!
PhilSoc sings…(wait, what?)
7 pm, Maneki, Dawson Street
Looking forward to hearing our exec committee belt some Celine Dion 0_o
Satire coming from ‘satura’, meaning poetic medley, is this week’s theme. Whatever it is you feel like satirising you have our ear now and we’re expecting poetry. We’ll be discussing what it is to engage in gentle to scalpel-like observation and how satire affects our enjoyment of the originally examined thing. Stick with us, it’s sure to be fun.
Games Evening, 7pm, F102, the Newman Building
Satire Week Coffee Morning, 10:30 am, the Rd Room, Student Centre
Satire Reading Evening, (provisional 8:30 pm, Meeting Rooms 5,6,7)*
Intro to Political Theory: The State of Nature
Time: 7 pm
Location: Theatre L, Newman Building
This event focuses on the differing accounts relating to the state of nature from three seminal political theorists. This evening is particularly good for anyone who is interested in understanding enlightenment philosophy a bit more or in contextualising later theories on liberalism.
Flash Politics: The Six Principles
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Theatre L, Newman Building
Presentation explaining the ‘Six Principles’ model. Interactive elements are contained in this event. No prior reading is required, so anyone curious is welcome to drop in. If that’s not incentive enough pancakes on offer (possibly also pizza).
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Quad Room, UCD Student Centre
Our weekly coffee morning but this week it’s meant to serve as a bit more of a haven. Come along and sit with us. Hot beverages and a bit of comfort on offer.
On Leadership:What a leader ought be
Location: A107, Newman Building
Do you have an idea what makes an effective leader? Are they just? Egalitarian? Pragmatic? Do they wear bunny ears? Join us as we discuss just this, we’ll be taking a look at some common depictions of leaders in media to understand why it is that they are depicted so and ultimately what makes a compelling leader.
Film Screening and Discussion
Time and location: 6pm, G102 Newman Building
PhilSoc is hosting a screening of the classic Sally Potter adaptation of ‘Orlando’. It doesn’t often make the light of satellite television so be sure to make it down to G102 to see what all the fuss is about.
Time and location: 10:30 am – 11:30 am, the Blue Room in the old Student Centre
We’ll be hosting our weekly coffee morning in the Blue Room of the old Student Centre. If interested in a cup of joe and a cookie keep an eye peeled for our poster standing outside the room. We’ll be taking music recommendations and ideas for future social events.