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Public engagement

Each year we hold a series of events aimed at bringing Philosophy to the wider public.

Four Seasons
Four Seasons

City Art Gallery Talks

Four Seasons

A series of short, accessible talks for the general public at the Southampton City Art Gallery by Philosophy at the University of Southampton. Inspired by the current exhibitions, Four Seasons, on display in the gallery. No need to pre-book.


Southampton City Art Gallery


Saturday 24 February 2018 - Spring: The Metaphysics of Pregnancy and the Start of New Life - Dr Suki Finn

Saturday 3 March 2018 - Summer of Love: Who and what should we love, and how much? - Dr Brian McElwee

Saturday 10 March 2018 - How can the seasons change when nothing ever changes? - Dr Andrew Stephenson

Saturday 17 March 2018 - 'Winter is coming': Heidegger on death - Professor Denis McManus


Please note the City Art Gallery Lectures are free of charge and there is no need to book, just turn up.


Royal Institute of Philosophy Branch

We are proud to be a branch of the Royal Institute of Philosophy . With the support of the Institute we host 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.

Philosophy Café

Our highly successful Philosophy Café (run in conjunction with the John Hansard Gallery (now Studio 144)) ran from 2009-2014.

These events provide philosophical stimulation in a relaxed atmosphere for like-minded individuals where no previous philosophical experience is required - just an appetite for ideas. Click on this link to the archive page where you can hear recordings of past Philosophy Café talks.

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