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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 375 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: 13 March 2022.

  • Michaelmas term Marianne Talbot Student Prize
    Prize winners have been announced. Please see the Marianne Talbot Student Prize page.
  • 2022 Annual Review submissions
    Please see the Review page to see the Editor's guidelines for submissions.
  • Away Day 2021 recordings
    These video recordings are now avalable via links from the events archived page. The links will only work for Philsoc membrs (use the "Login" button in the top right corner of the page).
  • Members' Weeken 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.
  • One sentence of wisdom
    Member-contributed collection of 2021 one sentence of wisdom has now been published.
  • The 2021 Annual Review
    A PDF version of the 2021 Review is now available from the Review Archive.