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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 359 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 Dr Stephen Law, the OUDCE Director of Studies in Philosophy.

Please do take a look at the many activities we engage in.

Recent Announcements

Last updated: 31 August 2022.

  • OUDCE events programme
    Dr Stephen Law's series of Friday lectures on Wittgenstein's later philosophy has been added to the events programme page.
  • Away Day 2022
    Call for speakers has been published – please see the Away Day page.
  • Review submission guidelines
    Anybody intending to submit content to the annual Review should check the revised submission guidelines.
  • 2022 Hilary term Marianne Talbot Student Essay Competition
    Competition winners have been announced. Please see the Marianne Talbot Student Essay Competition page.
  • 2022/2023 OUDCE Saturday courses
    Course details and links to the OUDCE website for course booking are now available on the events programme page.
  • Members' Weekend 2022
    The 2022 Members' Weekend will be held on 17-18 September, at Rewley House, organised by Ryan Meade and Sam Livy. Topic: Is Liberalism Obsolete? The Call for Papers deadline is 30 April. This will be a hybrid event.