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The D Society overview

The D Society is the main senior seminar in the faculty for Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. It is chaired by Dr Douglas Hedley.

Professor Donald Mackinnon
Professor Donald Mackinnon

Papers are invited from a wide range of philosophers, philosophers of religion and ethicists, both internal to Cambridge and from outside. A short response paper from a graduate student or faculty member usually opens the discussion.

Founded in 1921 by Professor James Bethune-Baker, the D Society was originally a subscription society intended to supplement the (then) predominantly biblical emphases of the faculty to include doctrinal and philosophical discussion. Under Professor Donald MacKinnon's chairmanship it became the main locus in the university for the interaction between senior members of the Philosophy and Divinity faculties; and under Professor Nicholas Lash it was transformed into a regular senior seminar in the faculty. 

The seminar is open to all interested members of the University, and to visitors who may wish to attend. Graduate students in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics are encouraged to come from the beginning of their programme and to make the seminars, and the enjoyable tea that follows, a place of regular interaction.

Members of the D Society are also encouraged to attend the regular public lectures in Philosophy of Religion, including the Stanton Lectures.


Easter Term 2016 Programme:

Meetings will be held at 2.30 in the Lightfoot Room, Faculty of Divinity.

  • April 29 -  'Contingency, Religion and God' Professor Hans-Peter Grosshans (University of Muenster) 
  • May 13 - William Wordsworth and the Cambridge Platonists, or  'The Mind of Man... the main region of my song’ Mr Graham Davidson (Montpelier)