Welcome to the Philosophical Society's Web Site
The Philosophical Society is a community of enthusiastic
amateur philosophers. Although it includes amongst its
members academics and professionals from
various fields of activity, as well as people who do
hold academic qualifications in philosophy, the Society
is not an academic research organisation.
Its purpose is to advise and encourage anyone who
has an interest in philosophy, and to help students
who attend classes in philosophy organised by OUDCE
University Department for Continuing Education).
The Society was founded in 1973 by
Dr Tony Chadwick, Staff Tutor in Philosophy at the Oxford
University Department for External Studies, the predecessor
of OUDCE. It has over 280 members, a number of them
from outside the UK, and is based at
Rewley House, Oxford.
The running of the Society is in the hands of a
committee (elected annually by
members at a General Meeting) which determines policy and
advises the President. The current President is
who has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at OUDCE since
2001. (Check out Marianne's two podcast, which are
breaking records globally with iTunesU:
"A Romp Through the History of Philosophy", and
"The Nature of Arguments".)
Please do take a look at the many
activities we engage in.
Last updated: Wednesday, 08 May 2013.
- Events programme for 2013 – 2014
The full schedule of weekend courses for the next academic year is
now available on the Events
Programme web page.
- Members' Weekend 2013
The day's topic is now agreed to be Empiricism. Please see
the day's own page for a message
from its organiser Eileen Walker.
- Michaelmas 2012 Student Prize
The winners have now been announced. Please see the
Student Prize page.
- The annual Review mailing
The Review was mailed by the printers on 24th January.
Please contact our Secretary
if you have not yet received your copy.
- Student Prize procedure change
From the Michaelmas 2012 term, students are asked
to submit their essays themselves. See the
Student Prize page