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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 335 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 very popular on 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: 01 May 2019.

  • The Review page updated
    The Review editor has updated the Review page with more information on contributing to this year's edition of the Review.
  • Philsoc Twitter feeds page
    Please use the "Philsoc Twitter Feeds" button in the menu on the left hand side. You can also access the page by its URL: https://oxfordphilsoc.org/TwitterFeeds.html.
  • Members' Weekend 2019
    The theme has been announced. It is The Hard Problem of Consciousness. Please see the the event's page for details and a call for speakers.
  • Student Prize Michaelmas term winners have been announced
    Please see the Student Prize page for details.
  • The Society's GDPR policy is now available on-line
    Please click here to see our General Data Protection Regulation policy.
  • The 2018 issue of the Review now available as a download
    Members can access it via the Review Archive page.