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The University Philosophical Society (commonly known as The Phil) was founded in 1853, although it claims two predecessor societies. It is currently situated in the Graduates' Memorial Building of Trinity College, Dublin, which it shares with the College Historical Society. Traditionally a paper reading society, it is now considered a debating society, but still frequently invites guests to read papers. 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Graduates Memorial Building, Dublin The Graduates Memorial Building (GMB) is located in Trinity College Dublin. ... The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin or more commonly Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, is the only constituent college of the University of Dublin, Irelands oldest university. ... The College Historical Society (commonly known as The Hist) was founded in 1770, and is situated in the Graduates Memorial Building of Trinity College, Dublin. ...

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History

In 1684, future Irish politician and and philosopher William Molyneaux founded the the Dublin Philosophical Society in Trinity College, Dublin, a paper-reading society. The society was revolutionary for its day, and went from strength to strength for nearly 50 years until, in 1731, it was ejected from the College after a public duel. Many of its members then formed the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), which acquired Kildare House. The society's members include George Berkeley, Jonathan Swift and Oliver Goldsmith. Events France under Louis XIV makes Truce of Ratisbon separately with the Empire and Spain. ... Events 10 Downing Street becomes the official residence of the United Kingdoms Prime Minister when Robert Walpole moves in. ... The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) was founded in 1731. ... Bishop George Berkeley George Berkeley (bark-lee) (March 12, 1685 – January 14, 1753), also known as Bishop Berkeley, was an influential Irish philosopher whose primary philosophical achievement is the advancement of what has come to be called subjective idealism, summed up in his dictum, Esse est percipi (To be is... Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift (November 30, 1667 - October 19, 1745) was an Anglo-Irish writer and satirist. ... Oliver Goldsmith Oliver Goldsmith (November 10, 1730(?) – April 4, 1774) was an Irish writer and physician known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770) (written in memory of his brother), and his plays The Good-naturd Man (1768) and She Stoops...


In 1843, the Dublin Philosophical Society was founded to cater for those too young to join other societies in Dublin (at the time, the College Historical Society only allowed students of Senior Sophister and above to join). This became the Dublin University Philosophical Society in 1845 when it was recognized by the college. Many of the subjects discussed were quite heavy, and ultimately, it didn't cater for younger students. As a result, in 1853, the Undergraduate Philosophical Society was founded, with the Provost of the College as its Senior Patron. In 1860, the Dublin University Philosophical Society dissolved, and the Undergraduate Philosophical Society became the University Philosophical Society. 1843 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ...


The society's past members include Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Oliver St. John Gogarty, Mary Robinson, and Nobel Laureates Ernest Walton and Samuel Beckett. The Phil is the oldest paper-reading society in the world, and the largest in Ireland. Abraham Bram Stoker (November 8, 1847–April 20, 1912) was an Anglo-Irish writer, best remembered as the author of the influential horror novel Dracula. ... Oscar Wilde Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer. ... Oliver St John Gogarty (August 17, 1878-September 22, 1957) was an Irish physician and surgeon, who was also a poet and writer, one of the most prominent Dublin wits, and for some time a political figure of the Irish Free State. ... Mary Robinson (born 21 May 1944) was the first female President of Ireland, serving from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. ... Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton (October 6, 1903 – June 25, 1995) was an Irish physicist, the winner of the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics along with Sir John Douglas Cockcroft. ... Quantum Leap Samuel Beckett Samuel Barclay Beckett (April 13, 1906 – December 22, 1989) was an Irish playwright, novelist and poet. ...


Dating

The College Calendar lists two dates, 1684 and 1853, as the foundation of the society. The society dates its sessions from 1684, making the 2005/06 session the 321st, but the date on its insignia is 1853.


Guests

During its long history, the Society has recorded the presence of many remarkable guests, among them Frederick Engels, Karl Popper, Bertrand Russell and Winston Churchill. Friedrich Engels Friedrich Engels (November 28, 1820 - August 5, 1895) was a German Socialist philosopher and the co-founder of modern Communist theory with Karl Marx. ... Karl Popper Sir Karl Raimund Popper (July 28, 1902 – September 17, 1994), was an Austrian-born, British philosopher of science. ... Bertrand Russell Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) was an influential mathematician, philosopher, and logician of the modern age, working mostly in the 20th century. ... The Right Honourable Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill KG, OM, CH, PC, FRS MP (November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965) was a British statesman, best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. At various times an author, soldier, journalist, and politician, Churchill is generally regarded...


In more recent years guests have included John Kenneth Galbraith, Mary Robinson, The Edge of U2, Peter Sutherland, George Galloway, Howard Marks, Germaine Greer, Spike Milligan, Ron Jeremy, Vivienne Westwood and even Bart Simpson. John Kenneth Galbraith (born October 15, 1908) is a prominent Canadian-American economist. ... Mary Robinson (born 21 May 1944) was the first female President of Ireland, serving from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. ... David Howell Evans (born August 8, 1961, Barking, Essex (now in Greater London), England), byname the Edge, is the guitarist of the Irish rock band U2. ... U2 U2 is an Irish rock band featuring Bono (Paul David Hewson) on vocals and guitar, The Edge (David Howell Evans) on guitar and pianos, vocals, and bass, Adam Clayton on bass and guitar, and Larry Mullen on drums. ... Peter Denis Sutherland is an Irish businessman and former politician. ... George Galloway featured on BBC Newsnight George Galloway (born August 16, 1954) is a Scottish politician, and the Respect Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow in East London. ... Howard Marks is a Wales-born author who studied philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford. ... Dr. Germaine Greer Germaine Greer (born January 29, 1939) is an Australian academic, writer, and broadcaster, who is widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the 20th century. ... Spike Milligan Spike Milligan Kt CBE (April 16, 1918 – February 27, 2002) was a comedian, novelist, poet, jazz musician (trumpet and guitar - also played the piano - and was a dab hand at raspberry blowing) and is best remembered as the creator, principal writer and performing member of The Goon Show. ... Ron Jeremy Ronald Jeremy Hyatt (born March 12, 1953), better known by the stage name Ron Jeremy, is a well-known American porn star and director. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Nancy Campbell Cartwright (born October 25, 1957) is an American actress and voice actor. ...


Guests of the 2004/05 session included US Senator John McCain, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach John Bruton, Eddie Irvine, Ann Krueger, Ambassador Bill Harrop and Bob Geldof. The opening meeting of the session will feature Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Office: Senior Senator, Arizona Political party: Republican Term of office: January, 1987 – Present Preceded by: Barry Goldwater Succeeded by: Incumbent (2011) Date of birth: August 29, 1936 Place of birth: U.S. Panama Canal Zone Marriage: Cindy McCain John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936) is an American politician. ... The Taoiseach (plural: Taoisigh) or, more formally, An Taoiseach, is the head of government of the Republic of Ireland and the leader of the Irish cabinet1. ... Patrick Bartholemew Ahern (Irish: Pádraig Parthalán Ó hEachtairn) (born September 12, 1951), commonly called Bertie Ahern is an Irish politician. ... John Bruton (born May 18, 1947) was the ninth Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland from 1994 to 1997, leading a Fine Gael-Labour-Democratic Left Rainbow Coalition. ... Eddie Irvine, US Grand Prix, 2002 Influenced by his parents who are also involved in racing, Eddie Irvine began his racing career in 1983. ... Robert Frederick Zenon Bob Geldof, KBE (born October 5, 1951 in Dun Laoghaire, near Dublin) is an Irish singer, songwriter and humanitarian. ... Archbishop Desmond Tutu Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born October 7, 1931) is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame in the 1980s through his opposition to apartheid. ...


Notable Former Presidents and Members

Current President is Andrew Campbell Oscar Wilde Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer. ... Abraham Bram Stoker (November 8, 1847–April 20, 1912) was an Anglo-Irish writer, best remembered as the author of the influential horror novel Dracula. ... Quantum Leap Samuel Beckett Samuel Barclay Beckett (April 13, 1906 – December 22, 1989) was an Irish playwright, novelist and poet. ... Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton (October 6, 1903 – June 25, 1995) was an Irish physicist, the winner of the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics along with Sir John Douglas Cockcroft. ... Mary Robinson (born 21 May 1944) was the first female President of Ireland, serving from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. ... Senator David Norris David Norris is an Irish gay rights campaigner, former university lecturer and longtime member of Seanad Éireann (the Irish Senate). ...


External links

  • University Philosophical Society (http://www.tcdphil.com)

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The University Philosophical Society (commonly known as The Phil) is a student paper-reading and debating society in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
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The Dublin University Philosophical Society (commonly known as The Phil) is a student debating and paper-reading society in Trinity College, Dublin.
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