Who are we?
PhilSoc is one of the most active academic societies within the university, with many members studying a variety of different subjects – anyone can be a PhilSoc member!
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Notion Facebook: @PhilSocNotion
What are our aims?
- Community – To provide a friendly environment for students to bond over their shared interest in philosophy, no matter what subject they study.
- Passion – To offer opportunities to philosophy lovers to showcase their passion for the subject, such as through our magazine Notion.
- Balance – To maintain a balance between the academic and the social side of philosophy in a very relaxed and informal setting.
What do we do?
Every week we alternate between running an academic event – Philosophy on Tap – and a non-academic social. Our 'Phil on Tap' talks are held at The Ship Inn in Exeter’s city centre where a guest speaker (or a member) will deliver a talk on a philosophical topic, from Philosophy and Science Fiction to My brain made me do it to Was Socrates Gay? (and PhilSoc members get 20% off drinks!) This is a great way to interact with philosophy in a relaxed setting, whether you study the subject or not!
The non-academic socials include Boozy Bowling, Pub Crawls, the Firehouse Pub Quiz, the Board Game Bar, and day trips to Exmouth beach! We also are planning to host joint socials with other academic societies. At the end of each term we will have our entertaining dinners starting with the Winter Ball this December! On top of all this we release new stash every term – including sweatshirts, t-shirts, caps… the list goes on!
PhilSoc has its own magazine, Notion, where PhilSoc members can showcase their passion for philosophy and submit entries to be published! You’ll have the option to join the Notion team (don’t worry – there’s no minimum requirement for submissions!) and put forward essays, responses to Philosophy on Tap talks, and other philosophy-inspired creative pieces like artwork and videos, all which are published online.
To truly maintain a balance between academic and non-academic activities, we also have intramural mixed Netball and Football teams. Every week these sports teams will play in matches against other societies in an informal, fun way! This also enables the sense of community within the PhilSoc (that we strive towards) to be strengthened immensely.
President: Zamir Kadodia
Vice President: Tom Sard
Social Secretary: Jess Leech
Treasurer: Harley Labbett
Publicity Officer: Lucy Mitchell
Sports Secretary: Dan Hepburn
Director of Notion: Zain Ahmad