The below list of activities is mainly of
relevance to UK residents. If you live outside the UK
you may find the
non-UK members page to be of interest.
Philosophy weekends and occasional day schools are held in
Rewley House at Oxford.
Seven philosophy weekends are
held each year, at which two or more invited speakers
of distinction give lectures on a selected topic. During
the weekend ample opportunity is given for questions and
discussion. Mealtimes and coffee breaks provide further
opportunities to discuss topics and to get to know other
members of the Society. Please see the
page for details. Audio recordings of past events are
available to members from the
A Members' Day or Weekend is held once a year, at
which the speakers are Society members. In addition, there
is an annual Away Day event at an external venue for
presentations and discussion predominantly by members.
Although weekend meetings and Members' Days
are open to everyone, most of
those attending are members and they provide an
enthusiastic core who guarantee the success of the
An Annual Dinner, which includes awards being
handed to Chadwick Prize
winners, is a highlight of the social calendar.
We produce an annual journal. We call it the
Review and it contains many
contributions from members. Past issues of the Review
are available to members as PDF documents from the
There is also an active Philsoc Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/philsoc/, which often contains
information on philosophical activities beyond the scope of
the Society, that may be of interest to members.
The Society encourages the formation of local groups for
those living some distance from Oxford and these are
proving very popular. There is one such group meeting
monthly at Oxford (Rewley House at 19:30 on the second
Friday of every month) – contact Peter Townsend
if you wish to be added to the group's mailing list.
If you enjoy philosophy, then whether you can easily get to
Rewley House or not, join the society
and you will be assured of an active and participatory
ADVANTAGES OF MEMBERSHIP
Members receive advance notice of future courses and
Members have access to audio recording of past weekend
courses going back to 1987 – see the
Events Programme page
for a list.
Members receive a free copy of the Philosophical Society
Review which is published annually in November, and to
which they are invited to contribute.
Members get a discount of 10% on all Weekend
Members get a reduced fee for annual Members' Day.
Members are entitled to borrow books from the Philosophy
section of Rewley House library for a period of up
to six weeks. Librarians have an up-to-date list of paid-up
members and will request some form of identification. For
hours of opening, see the
Rewley House Library web site.
Members are entitled to be considered for bursaries designed
to assist members on limited incomes with course fees.
Members are entitled to participate in the Annual General
Meeting and are able to influence the selection of
topics and speakers for future weekends.