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Since 1926, the Institute has funded centres outside London in an effort to bring philosophy to a very wide audience. We now sponsor hundreds of public events both inside and outside departments of philosophy all over the United Kingdom.
Organisations in our network
Free philosophy lecture series, seminars, discussion groups, big one day events and conferences are going on year round and are open to everyone. For more details, follow the links below.
The University of Aberdeen
The university holds an annual Public Lecture at the Belmont Filmhouse, accompanied by a film screening. The department has been taking part in the Royal Institute of Philosophy ‘Philosophy in Schools’ programme since 2011.
The university hosts Royal Institute of Philosophy Birmingham branch events, seminars at the Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion, and various other public lectures and events throughout the year.
The university department runs a programme of events and public engagement activities, including public screenings, lectures and philosophy work with inmates serving their sentences in the East of England.
The society aims to provide a forum for debate on issues of current interest alongside informative lectures from specialists in many areas of philosophical, political, social, scientific and artistic thought.
Francis Bacon lectures are delivered annually by distinguished academics working in philosophy or related fields.These are free public lectures which aim to spotlight the valuable contribution and impact that philosophy makes beyond the academy. They are subsequently available as podcasts.
The annual conference brings together scholars and practitioners from diverse traditions and practices in order to discuss matters of multifaith and interfaith engagement, as well as themes of contemporary relevance that are vital for peaceful coexistence.
Lancaster University approaches fundamental questions through the history of Western philosophy, examining figures such as Plato, Kant, Descartes and Nietzsche, but also through non-Western approaches to philosophy, and contemporary philosophical discussion of a wide range of topics.
The Liverpool Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture Series is an exciting collaboration between the Philosophy Department of the University of Liverpool, the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and important cultural and civic institutions in the City of Liverpool.
The Newcastle Philosophy Society (NPS) promotes understanding of Philosophy amongst the people of the North-East of England. We do this through a number of regular discussion groups as well as one-off events.
The homeless shelter in London offers weekly philosophy forums to its guests.
University of Southampton
With the support of the Institute, the university hosts numerous activities which are free and open to the public. These include the annual Ethical Challenges Lecture, in association with the Southampton Ethics Centre, and series of seminars in which visiting researchers share their ideas and arguments in an accessible and engaging fashion.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to attend the Philosophy Society research seminars, where cutting-edge research is defended by invited speakers to a friendly but critical audience. They also run an annual one-day conference for second and third years, at which they present their own research to their peers, and an annual one-day conference for sixth-formers and sixth-form Philosophy teachers.