Philosophy

About

The Royal Holloway Philosophy society is a student-run society that was formed in 2014 with the purpose of promoting and fostering an extra-curricular environment for the study of philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London. To this end, we host weekly symposia on a variety of philosophical topics, drawing from a diverse pool of philosophers. We also run an ‘aesthetics circle’ in collaboration with our own Dr David Preston, where we discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of three pieces of art suggested by the members of the group. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, and the event is open to anyone with an open heart and mind. We have also recently started hosting debates on ethical issues. Dispersed among these weekly activities, we host lectures in collaboration with the department, each ending with a ritual visit to a local pub.

Socials

Join us for weekly socials including symposia, pub crawls, debates, Burns nights and art gallery tours. Only with the Philosophy Society will you achieve such a synthesis of culture and festivity.

Philosophers of London

We also work in close collaboration with the POLIS (Philosophers of London In Solidarity), a community of all the philosophy societies of London, to provide a truly city-wide experience for our members which includes inter-university socials and lectures, publishing opportunities in student journals and the auspicious London Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. 

Guest Lecture Series

We have previously had speakers from the Universities of Oxford, LSE, Reading, Toronto, Charles Sturt and Kingston. This year we are working in close collaboration with the Centre for Continental Philosophy, recently founded by our own Dr Henry Somers-Hall, to deliver our members groundbreaking guest lectures delivered by scholars from across the world. 

In 2023 we also hosted the annual POLIS philosophers conference at Royal Holloway as part of our committment to expand the range of talks given.

Contact us

You can contact us and get regular updates about our freshers and term events at:

Summer Elections 2024

This election period will elect all the student leaders within our student groups, as well as our unfilled Community Officer positions, who are there to represent underrepresented groups on campus, and members of our Societies, Sports and Opportunities Executive, who work with the VP Societies and Sport to develop policy and plans in their area of engagement. For student group elections, if you are a current student and a paid, standard member of any group you can stand and vote for the committee for the coming year. Please note, you must also be a student in the 2024/2025 academic year in order to stand in the election.

1136 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 23:59 on Friday 3 May 2024 (in 19 days)

The polls open at 12:00 on Tuesday 7 May 2024 (in 3 weeks and 2 days)

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President
Dom Murphy
Secretary
Zack Mangialaio
Social Secretary
Sophie Wilkinson
Treasurer
Diletta Cerasuolo
Vice President
Natalie Borenstein
Wellbeing Secretary
Karolina Jagodzinska