The Devil's Advocate Society (formerly known as the Lunar Society) is an informal discussion society that holds roundtable discussions every two weeks on a whole variety of issues - political, social, philosophical, or even whimsical. Each roundtable discussion is overseen by a chair in order to retain order, and all members are welcome to contribute as much or as little as they wish.
Past topics have included:
- ‘Given that we are finite creatures with finite abilities, when should we believe someone else? Alternatively, what rational grounds for faith exist (if any)?
- If the Muslim community as a whole is unwilling to be allies of the LGBT+ community, why should the LGBT+ community be allies of the Muslim community?
- This House Believes That pineapple pizza is an unacceptable form of cultural appropriation.
The society was founded as an alternative to the more regulated debating societies on campus, and freedom of speech has always played an integral part of the society’s history. To ensure that freedom of speech is upheld the society follows the Chatham House Rule: those who attend are free to use the content discussed during the sessions but must not identify the speaker. All members are welcome to suggest topics for discussion, and as a society we don’t shy away from talking about issues that are potentially sensitive or controversial. However, we always aim to be open and accessible, and we welcome people of all political opinions, faiths, and backgrounds to come and share their views.
The society is supported by a committee, who help coordinate topics, organise socials, and ensure a rotating chair. The current committee are:
President: Alice Phillips
Treasurer: Dimitar Ferdinandov
Secretary: Chloe Bruno
Social Secretary: Lorna Lock
Events Co-ordinator: Sophie Rue
We plan to meet every Tuesday evening at 7pm for the first four weeks of term, after which we shall meet every other Tuesday evening instead. If you have any questions about Devil's Advocate Society or our meetings, either message us on facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org