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 356 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.
Last updated: 28 April 2017.
Philsoc Members' Weekend 2017
The date and the theme have now been announced. Please see the
Members' Weekend page for details and for
the organiser's call for papers.
2017/2018 Weekend events
Details of some of these events are now available on the
events programme page.
Where events already can be booked, links are provided to the
relevant OUDCE pages.
Away Day 2017 booking now open
Please see the Away Day page
for the event's details and a link to the booking form.
Student Prize Michaelmas Term 2016 winners
Prize winners have been announced. Please see
the Student Prize page for details.