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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 (Oxford 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 currently has 356 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 Marianne Talbot 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.

Recent Announcements

Last updated: 28 April 2017.

  • Philsoc Members' Weekend 2017
    The date and the theme have now been announced. Please see the Members' Weekend page for details and for the organiser's call for papers.
  • 2017/2018 Weekend events
    Details of some of these events are now available on the events programme page. Where events already can be booked, links are provided to the relevant OUDCE pages.
  • Away Day 2017 booking now open
    Please see the Away Day page for the event's details and a link to the booking form.
  • Student Prize Michaelmas Term 2016 winners
    Prize winners have been announced. Please see the Student Prize page for details.