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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 357 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: 28 July 2016.

  • International Members Weekend update
    Please see the event's page for full details of the eventincluding a link to the booking form.
  • Philsoc Away Day 2016
    Talk transcripts or notes of individual talks are now available as PDF files via links from the event's page.
  • Members' Weekend 2016
    Booking is now open for the Members' Weekend 03 - 04 September 2016. The theme is "Thought Experiments". Please see the event's page for details.
  • Hilary term Student Prize
    Winners of the 2016 Hilary term Student Prize have been announced. Please see the Student Prize page for details.
  • Weekend events 2016-2017 programme
    Weekend events for the next academic are now fully bookable. Please see the Events Programme page for their overviews and relevant links.