Week 5 Events

We will be holding our Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) this week. The EGM will take place immediately after our weekly guest lecture. It will be a short meeting, of less than half an hour. See below for more details!

Please note that due to high noise levels in Usher’s, this week the Reading Group has been moved to Teviot. We welcome your feedback as to whether the change of location has been helpful, so that we might settle for either in the weeks to come.


Reading and Film Group
Monday, 17th October; 7 pm, The New Amphion, Teviot Row House (Map) [NOTE: NOT IN USHER’S!]
Reading: Biosemantics, R. G. Millikan.
(Next week’s reading: Anonymity and the Internet, H. L. Dryfus)

Discussion Group
Tuesday, 18th October; 7 pm, The New Amphion, Teviot (Map)   [NOTE: NOT IN USHER’S!]
Topic: Identity

Academic Support Office Hours – General
Thursday, 20th October; 2 pm until 4 pm, Dugald Stewart Building (DSB), Room 5.01.

Guest Lecture
Thursday, 20th October, 6.15 pm, David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre B.
Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Cripps, University of Edinburgh
Title:  “Justice, Intimacy, and Moral Capacity: Do parents owe it to their children to teach them about climate change?”

Abstract: “What does it mean to be a good parent in the era of global climate change? This paper will ask whether parents owe it to their children to bring up them as ‘good global climate citizens’: to educate them about climate change, the harms it does and will continue to do, and the collective moral failure this entails; and to involve them in individual efforts to respond to this moral challenge, whether by adopting a low carbon lifestyle or promoting effective collective action. Four possible arguements are canvassed, with increasing success. One expands an existing argument for the parental duty to cultivate one’s child’s moral capacity, to spare them social or institutional penalities in adulthood. The second appeals to the child’s future need for moral integrity, and a third to her need for the capacity for such integrity. A fourth appeals to the quality of the parent-child relationship, given that parents themselves have climate duties.”

Extraordinary General Meeting, 2016
Thursday, 20th October, 7.30 pm, David Hume Tower (DHT), Lecture Theatre B [SAME LOCATION AS THE GUEST LECTURE!]

The EGM will take place immediately after our weekly guest lecture. It will be a short meeting, of less than half an hourThe agenda for the evening is as follows:


We will be holding a by-election for the following committee positions at the EGM: 

*First Year Representative(s)
*Postgraduate Representative(s)
*Ordinary Members

If you would like to stand for one of these positions, come along on the night and prepare a few words about why you would like to stand for office. You need to be a student at the University of Edinburgh to stand for election but all members are entitled to vote.

Being on the committee is a great way to get more involved in the society and the department, as well as to gain new skills through the organization of social and academic events.


In addition to the committee elections, we will be voting on any motions that members would like to bring forward for the coming year. This can include constitutional amendments (please find the current constitution here). All members are entitled to vote on motions. Should you have any proposals that you would like to raise at the EGM, please email them to contact@euphilsoc.com by Wednesday, 19th October.

If you would like more information about being on the committee, feel free to contact us at euphilosophysoc@gmail.com.