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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.


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.

25 April 2019

Higher-Order Evidence in Epistemology, Eth...

This is the first in a series of workshops on Higher-Order Evidence...

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1 May 2019

The Ethical Challenges Lecture 2019

The 8th annual Ethical Challenges Lecture. Part of the School of Hu...

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17 June 2019

Southampton 6th Form Philosophy Conference

The Philosophy Department at the University of Southampton is hosti...

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