What is the Ockham Society?

The Ockham Society provides a forum in which graduate students in philosophy - whether BPhil, MSt or early DPhil - may present their ideas to their peers at the University of Oxford. Our aim is to provide every Oxford graduate student with the opportunity to present their ideas in a friendly environment at least once during their time in Oxford. It is an ideal opportunity to gain feedback on your essays, and to gain first experiences in academic presenting. Small, experimental and unfinished papers are just as welcome as more advanced ones.

While the majority of speakers are from Oxford, the society welcomes papers from graduate students and young academics from other universities. If you would like to present a paper to the society please contact Matthias Brinkmann (firstname.lastname(at)philosophy.ox.ac.uk).


A session of the Ockham Society typically lasts around 60 minutes. In the standard format, a presenter will talk for 30 minutes, with the same amount of discussion time. In the Ockham Shorts format, two speakers will each present for 15 minutes, with 15 minutes left for Q&A.

Call for Papers

We are looking for presenters for next term. If you have some philosophical idea you wish to present, please contact Matthias Brinkmann with a title and (if you have one) a short abstract.

Past Sessions.
Michaelmas 2012 | Hilary 2013 | Trinity 2013
Michaelmas 2013 | Hilary 2014 | Trinity 2014
Michaelmas 2014