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Activities of the Philosophical Society

The below list of activities is mainly of relevance to UK residents. If you live outside the UK you may find the non-UK members page to be of interest.

  • Philosophy weekends and occasional day schools are held in Rewley House at Oxford. Seven philosophy weekends are held each year, at which two or more invited speakers of distinction give lectures on a selected topic. During the weekend ample opportunity is given for questions and discussion. Mealtimes and coffee breaks provide further opportunities to discuss topics and to get to know other members of the Society. Please see the OUDCE weekend philosophy courses page for details. Audio recordings of past events are available to members from the OUDCE Events Archive.

  • A Members' Day or Weekend is held once a year, at which the speakers are Society members. In addition, there is an annual Away Day event at an external venue for presentations and discussion predominantly by members.

  • Although weekend meetings and Members' Days are open to everyone, most of those attending are members and they provide an enthusiastic core who guarantee the success of the weekends.

  • An Annual Dinner, which includes awards being handed to Chadwick Prize winners, is a highlight of the social calendar.

  • We produce an annual journal. We call it the Review and it contains many contributions from members. Past issues of the Review are available to members as PDF documents from the Review Archive.

  • There is also an active Philsoc Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OxfordPhilSoc/, which often contains information on philosophical activities beyond the scope of the Society, that may be of interest to members.

  • The Society encourages the formation of local groups for those living some distance from Oxford and these are proving very popular. There is one such group meeting monthly at Oxford at Rewley House and on Zoom at 19:00 on the second Friday of every month – contact Chris Seddon (Chris.Seddon@oxfordphilsoc.org) for details and/or if you wish to be added to the group's mailing list.

  • The Department also offers online philosophy courses and one week Summer Schools.

If you enjoy philosophy, then whether you can easily get to Rewley House or not, join the society and you will be assured of an active and participatory philosophical community.



  • Members receive advance notice of future courses and lectures.
  • Members have access to audio recording of past weekend courses going back to 1987 – see the OUDCE weekend philosophy courses page for a list.
  • Members receive a free copy of the Philosophical Society Review which is published annually in November, and to which they are invited to contribute.
  • Members get a discount of 10% on all Weekend Philosophy courses.
  • Members get a reduced fee for annual Members' Day.
  • Members are entitled to borrow books from the Philosophy section of Rewley House library  for a period of up to six weeks. Librarians have an up-to-date list of paid-up members and will request some form of identification. For hours of opening, see the Rewley House Library web site.
  • Members are entitled to be considered for bursaries designed to assist members on limited incomes with course fees.
  • Members are entitled to participate in the Annual General Meeting and are able to influence the selection of topics and speakers for future weekends.