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The University of Sydney Philosophy Society

PhilSoc is the official student-run society for the Department of Philosophy at USYD. Since our establishment in 1975, PhilSoc has been an integral part of the incredible philosophical education and experience on offer at USYD. Whether your interests lie in practical or more abstract philosophy, our weekly events will have something for you.

Events are judgment free, all-inclusive and entirely open ended! If you can communicate in a respectful and discerning manner then you are welcome at PhilSoc!

PhilSoc holds events weekly, with in-person 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 being our bread-and-butter. Discussions typically orbit around an exciting topic with a dozen or so questions to catalyse discussion.

Do you wonder about how to live? How to create meaningful change? How to help others and the environment? If so, then our 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗼𝗽𝗵𝘆 𝗢𝗻 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 seminar series is what you’re after.

Do you ever think about logic, ethics, metaphysics, aesthetics, linguistics, political theory, philosophy of mind, epistemology, or meta-philosophy? If so, you’ll love our 𝗗𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗗𝗶𝘃𝗲 seminar series that delves into the depths and complexities of philosophical inquiry.

We also hold student-run 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝘂𝗺𝘀 where any philosophically interesting material can be shared and explored in a group setting. The material needn’t be fully developed or researched; you don’t even have to agree with it! If it’s philosophically relevant, bring it along and share with the group!

Interested in publishing your work? The 𝙀𝙧𝙜𝙤 𝙎𝙪𝙢 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗼𝗽𝗵𝘆 is what you’re after. Run by PhilSoc, it’s the place to formally share your insight and ideas, and in doing so, hopefully provoke further inquiry.

Whether it’s our seminar series, discussions, forum’s, staff meet-and-greets or socials, our community lives and breathes philosophy. It is a place to learn, connect, meet new people, challenge and be challenged. See you there.