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Philosopher is new President of the Aristotelian Society

20 October 2017

Helen Beebee, Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy, has become the 110th President of the Aristotelian Society. She follows in the footsteps of University of Manchester philosophers Samuel Alexander (1908-11 and 1936-7) and Dorothy Emmet (1953-4).

Helen began her Presidency with an address that promised to spark debate: “My Presidential Address, at the University of London’s Senate House, considered the question of whether philosophers can reasonably aim at knowledge. My answer — rather controversially! — was ‘no’.”

The Society was formed in 1880 and continues to provide a welcoming forum for philosophers and non-philosophers to listen to high quality talks and engage in philosophical discussion.

Helen said: “It’s a real honour to follow in the footsteps of so many illustrious forebears and serve as President of the Aristotelian Society.”

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