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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 365 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: 01 January 2022.

  • One secntence 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.
  • Trinity 2021 term Marianne Talbot Student Prize winners
    The Marianne Talbot Student Prize page has been updated to show Tinity 2021 term winners, judges' comments and links to winning essays.
  • Events programme
    The events programme page has been updated to reflect all forthcomingweekend philosophy courses currently advertised by OUDCE (even if they are not listed by OUDCE's own search)..