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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 352 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 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.

Recent Announcements

Last updated: Thursday, 18 September 2014.

  • Trinity term Student Prize winners have been announced
    Please see the Student Prize page for the results, links to essays and judges' comments.
  • 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 (Treasurer@oxfordphilsoc.org) your interest in the Saturday session. The Sunday session will be taking place in the lecture theatre, so this can be still booked.
  • 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.