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
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 359 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: Monday, 18 August 2014.
- Texts of the Away Day 2014 talks now available
The Away Day page now has links
to PDF versions of talks given by the event's speakers.
- Members' Weekend booking now closed
Please note that the Saturday session of the September Members'
Weekend event is now fully booked. Regrettably, we cannot accept
any further booking requests for Saturday.
There could, of course, be some late cancellations, so you may
wish to register with the Treasurer
your interest in the Saturday session.
The Sunday session will be
taking place in the lecture theatre, so this can be still booked.
- Hilary term Student Prize winners are announced
Please see the Student Prize page
for the list of winners, links to their essays and judges' comments.
- 2014-2015 weekend courses
The events programme page
now has full information on the next academic year weekend
courses, as well as links to the OUDCE website for booking –
just click on the course name.