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Every Monday, at 19.30, usually in the basement of the Boole Library, the UCC Philosophical Society hosts its weekly house meetings. These meetings are an esteemed tradition of the Philosoph and we take pride in offering a high quality of discussion at these events; we seek to educate and broaden the minds of those who come to our meetings.
Usually at house meetings we debate on various topics, some of our topics in the past have included the environment, the role of the church, freedom of speech and gay marraige. We debate on many different topics, usually based on current events and topics that people are interested to have debated at the UCC Philosophical Society.
At a debate, you are welcome to listen to our debate, at then give your own opinions. After the main debate, in which are invited speakers speak, we open the debate to the floor. Members give their names to our committee members, and when there name is called, they are given the chance on the debate and what they would like to add. At this time, members can interrupt other members, by raising a hand and offering a P.O.I (Point of Information).
After the members have given their opinions, the speakers have a chance to respond to the members comments. Finally, the members vote on the outcome of the debate, whether or not they agree with the motion.
As well as debating, house meetings can take the form of panel discussions or addresses from notable orators. Many notable speakers have attended the Philosoph, most recently Noam Chomsky.
After the meeting, we have our social, organized by our Social Secretary. These socials usually take place in either the Old or the New Bar on campus, or The Rock which is only a brief walk away. We have a variety of social events during the year, including quizzes and events such as the Philosoph Gala.
Our Upcoming Events
|Fri 24th November||09:00||The Cork IV is back! This year's IV will be held on the 24th and 25th of November in University College Cork. With an incredibly high calibre CA team, an open break to quarters, and a novice final, this is the ideal competition for Worlds prep and novices alike. Aside from the high standard of competition, we'll be having all of our traditional socials, including Christmas jumper karaoke and a Christmas dinner before the open final. Reg opens soon. The reg fee is €55 for Iona teams and €40 for non-Iona teams. Keep an eye out for posts about our CA team, which we'll be announcing shortly. Looking forward to seeing ye all in Cork in November! Provisional Timetable: Friday: Reg open 1pm Close 2pm Welcome 2.15pm Announce (1) 2.25pm Round (1) 2.40pm. Announce (2) 4.55pm Round (2) 5.10pm Dinner 7.30pm Announce (3) 8.15pm Round (3) 8.30pm Social 9.45pm Saturday: Reg 8-8.45 Announce (4) 9am. Round (4) 9.15am Announce (5) 11.30am Round (5) 11.45am Lunch 2pm Break and Announce 2.45pm ESL/Quarter Final 3pm Announce Novice/Semi 5pm Novice/Semi 5.15pm Dinner 6.30pm Final announce 8pm Final 8.15pm Final finish 9.30pm Social 10pm|
Contact the Internal Vice-Auditor
Do you want to speak at the centre of independent thought in Ireland? Do you have ideas for new debates? Have you connections to the rich and powerful? Do you understand the meaning of life itself? Either way, you may have something to say to our Internal Convenor, who organises and plans the house meetings.
For more information on socials, contact the social secretary at email@example.com