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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 has over 280 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: Wednesday, 26 March 2014.

  • Review 2014 submissions call
    Now that the 2013 Review has been finally mailed to members, it is time to think about the contents of this year's Review. Please see the Review page for a message from Patrick Butterly – our new editor.
  • Philsoc Away Day 2014
    This year's Away Day details have now been announced. Please see the event's own page for details.
  • Site's menu reorganised
    Regular visitors may notice that the separate "archive" menu entries have been amalgamated into a separate Archives one. If you cannot find your favourite archive section, that's where yuo need to look.
  • Michaelmas 2013 Student Prize results
    Prize results have been announced – our congratulations to the winners.
    Please see the Student Prize page for details.
  • Member's Weekend 2014 – call for speakers
    Member's Weekend 2014 will take place 20-21 September 2014.
    The chosen topic is "The Nature of Thought". Please see the weekend's page for more information.
  • Members' Weekend talks
    The Members' Weekend 2013 talks and supporting materials are now available in the Members' Day Archive (see the main menu on the left hand side of this page).
  • Links page refreshed
    The links page has been refreshed thanks to Peter Gibson's efforts. A couple of non-functional links removed and several new links added.