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 355 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: 24 March 2015.
- Members' Weekend 2015
The theme of this year's Members Weekend has been announced
and talk proposals are invited. Please see the
Members' Day page for details.
- 2015-2016 Weekend events
The weekend events programme has been announced for the 2015-2016
academic year. Please see the
Events Programme page for details. Please note that OUDCE booking
is not as yet available for 2016 – the appropriate links
will be provided when this changes.
- Student Prize Michaelmas results
The Philsoc Student Prize Michaelmas term winners have been
announced. Pleas see the Student
Prize page for details.
- Chadwick Prize winning essays
The 2014 Chadwick Prize winning essays are now available in the
PDF format from the Chadwick
- Philsoc AwayDay booking is now fully booked
Please see the AwayDay page
for more information on this event.
- Missing lecture recording recovered
Our Recordings Librarian Bill Radcliffe has had another
success! The previously missing 7th lecture from Michael
Lockwood's series on Hume is now available in the courses archive.
- Dr Peter Gibson
Our congratulations to Peter Gibson, the Philsoc Secretary, who
passed his viva for the PhD on Friday - no corrections!