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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 360 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: 11 July 2017.

  • Philosophy Festival Saturday 23rd September 2017
    Please see the event's page for details and for the booking form.
  • Student Prize results
    Winners of the Hilary term Student Prize have been announced. Please see the Student Prize page for details.
  • Philsoc Away Day, 23 July 2017
    The full details of this event are now available.
  • OUDCE 2017-2018 weekend courses
    The full programme of the 2017-2018 weekend courses has been announced and all courses are now available for booking. See the events programme page for details and relevant links to the OUDCE site.
  • 2017 Members' Weekend and Annual Dinner: Booking now open.
    Please see the Members' Weekend page for details and for a link to the on-line booking form.