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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 358 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: 16 July 2018.

  • Student Prize Hilary term winners have been announced
    Please see the Student Prize page for details.
  • Away day booking now open
    Booking is now open for the 22nd July 2018 Philsoc Away day. Please see the the event's page for details and a link to the booking form.
  • Weekend events dates and topics
    Details of all weekend events for the academinc year 2018-2019 are now available, as are dates (though without any details at present) for 2019-2020. Please see the Events Programme page. Booking links will be added as they become available.
  • Members' Weekend booking now open
    You can find the event's details and a link to the booking form on the Members' Weekend page.
  • 2018 International Philsoc Event: call for speakers
    Please see the event's page for details.