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 currently has 361 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: 29 May 2018.
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