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
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 364 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
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.
Members' Weekend 2018
The date and the theme of this event have now been announced. Saturday
18th and Sunday 19th August 2018 at Rewley House, Oxford. The theme is
International Weekend 2018
The date and the theme of this event have now been announced. This
year's event will be hosted by Alan Xuereb in Trier, Germany on
Saturday 17th November 2018. The topic is Time.
Philsoc's Annual Genereal Meeting is on Saturday 7th April at 1.30pm.
All members are invited to attend.
Student Prize Michaelmas term winners have been announced
Please see the Student Prize page
Philsoc Away Day 2018
The date and the theme of this event have now been announced. Please
see the event's page for details.