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Welcome

The Royal Institute of Philosophy is a charity dedicated to the advancement of philosophy in all its branches through the organisation and promotion of teaching, discussion and research of all things philosophical. The Institute is not committed to any particular philosophical school or method or, of course, any ideology.  You can use this site to find out more about the Institute’s many activities.

PUBLIC LECTURES: The Institute supports philosophical events which are open to the general public through a system of 25 branches all over the UK. We run a themed series of talks in London each year that’s also free and open to anyone.  The Institute’s Annual Lecture has brought philosophers of international standing to London each year since 1998. To find out more about these and other events, please click here ››

FUNDING AND EDUCATION: The Institute offers Jacobsen Studentships and Royal Institute Bursaries to philosophy postgraduates.  The Institute brings free ten-week philosophy courses to students in up to 30 schools across the UK each year, and sets up autonomous philosophy clubs in schools too. We also offer funding for conferences for schools and departments of philosophy.  There is also an annual essay prize competition. To find out more about these activities, please click here ››

PUBLICATIONS: The Institute publishes two journals each year — Philosophy and Think.  Our London lectures are collected into a volume, as are the talks at our annual departmental conferences, and both are published by Cambridge University Press.  Membership is open to all those interested in philosophy and includes a subscription to Philosophy. Members can apply for a free reader’s card for Senate House Library and are entitled to discounts on the purchase of Institute’s books. To find out more, please click here ››