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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 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 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: 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 Prize page.
  • 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!