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 has over 280 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: Thursday, 09 March 2014.
- Michaelmas 2013 Student Prize results
Prize results have been announced – our congratulations to the
Please see the Student Prize
page for details.
- Member's Weekend 2014 – call for speakers
Member's Weekend 2014 will take place 20-21 September 2014.
chosen topic is "The Nature of Thought". Please see
the weekend's page for more
- Members' Weekend talks
The Members' Weekend 2013 talks and supporting materials are now
available in the Members' Day Archive (see the main menu on the left
hand side of this page).
- Links page refreshed
The links page has been
refreshed thanks to Peter Gibson's efforts. A couple of
non-functional links removed and several new links added.