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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 358 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: Monday, 17 November 2014.

  • Missing lecture recording recovered
    Our Recordings Librarian Bill Radcliffe has had another success! The previously missing 7th lecture from Michael Lockwood's series on Hume is now available in the courses archive.
  • Dr Peter Gibson
    Our congratulations to Peter Gibson, the Philsoc Secretary, who passed his viva for the PhD on Friday - no corrections!
  • Chadwick Prize
    Congratulations to Bob Stone on winnning this year's Chadwick prize! Bob's essay, together with those of other winners, should be available on the Chadwick Prize page in a near future.
  • Trinity term Student Prize winners have been announced
    Please see the Student Prize page for the results, links to essays and judges' comments.