The Philosophical Society welcomes members who live outside the UK.
Though members from the UK are in majority, we have a growing number of
members from countries like Australia, Canada, Germany, Finnland,
France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, USA
and many others.
There are advantages to being a member of the Philosophical Society even
if you do not live close to Oxford. For example you are eligible for:
A free copy of our annual
Philosophical Society Review, access to
past issues (as PDF documents) and a chance to have
your own philosophical essays published in the Review
access to a large archive of audio recordings of past philosophy
weekends going back to 1987 , as listed on the
Events Programme page
optional membership of a mailing list discussion group
International members are encouraged to take full advantage of all these
benefits. Joining is easy – just follow this link to the
membership applications page.
There are also, of course, the excellent
philosophy online courses that the Oxford University Department for
Continuing Education (OUDCE) offers. Participation in online courses
is, like for all OUDCE courses, open to anyone, not only members.
Regular participation in the seven
philosophy weekends per
is generally not feasible for most non-UK residents. But
Oxford makes for a great destination for a long weekend (or more). Combining
a visit to Oxford, a beautiful and lively city where you will find much
to see and to do, with a philosophy weekend makes an occasional trip
definitely something worthwhile.
In addition to the philosophy weekends there is an annual Members' Day, where our members are the
speakers. This event is normally celebrated in September of each year
– an ideal opportunity to meet fellow-members and visit
Oxford University, with which the Philosophical Society is associated
through its Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE), has an
outstanding tradition and is a worldwide leading centre for philosophy.
This is not without a very noticeable impact on the quality of the
lectures and lecturers of the philosophy weekends and the rest of the
offer of the OUDCE.
Being myself a native German with residence in Spain, I used to come
once or twice per year to Oxford for philosophy weekends. I found it
very rewarding and stimulating to participate from time to time in live
lectures held by accomplished philosophers, and to have the
opportunity to discuss and converse with Philosophical Society members
and other participants.
So even if you can't come to Oxford, or only occasionally, this should
not prevent you from considering becoming a member of
the Philosophical Society. If you are a philosophy enthusiast, you will
find a community of supportive like-minded people.
Should you live outside the UK, please do not hesitate to contact me (or
any Committee member, of course) for any question or assistance related
to Philosophical Society membership or philosophy weekends.