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 360 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.
OUDCE 2017-2018 weekend courses
The full programme of the 2017-2018 weekend courses has been announced
and all courses are now available for booking. See the
events programme page for details
and relevant links to the OUDCE site.
2017 Members' Weekend and Annual Dinner: Booking now open.
Please see the Members' Weekend page
for details and for a link to the on-line booking form.