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: Sunday, 29 June 2014.
- 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.
- Members' Weekend booking now open
Booking is now open for
the Members' Weekend on "The Nature of Thought"
(20-21 September 2014).
Those keen to secure a place on the Saturday are advised to apply
early since we are limited to the spaces in the Sadler room. For the
Saturday discussion session and Sunday, we have the lecture theatre
available. Members who book too late for the Saturday talks may attend
the discussion session at 5.30 and the dinner (paying only the cost of
- Additions to the MP3 Events Archive
Some old cassette recordings of past events missing from our
archives have been found by a Philsoc member. Thanks to the
efforts of Bill Radcliffe, our Recordings Librerian, these
have now been added to the MP3 archive:
More such old recordings may be added in the future.
- 2002 The Philosophy of Frege Guy Longworth & Ian
- 2003 The Nature of Rationality Marianne Talbot
(only two of five lectures recovered)
- Next academic year's weekend courses
The information has been updated (see the
events programme page).
Please note the time-table swap
between "Philosophy in a Weekend" and
"The Emergent Multiverse".
- Dates and topics of the next academic year weekend courses
Preliminary details of thw weekend courses for the academic year
2014/2015 are now available on the
events programme page. More detail will be added as it becomes
- Review 2014 submissions call
Now that the 2013 Review has been finally mailed to members,
it is time to think about the contents of this year's Review.
Please see the Review page for a
message from Patrick Butterly – our new editor.
- Philsoc Away Day 2014
This year's Away Day details have now been announced.
Please see the event's own page
- Site's menu reorganised
Regular visitors may notice that the separate "archive"
menu entries have been amalgamated into a separate
Archives one. If you cannot
find your favourite archive section, that's where yuo need to look.