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 365 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: 03 February 2016.
Student Prize winners
Student Prize winners for the 2015 Michaelmas term have been
announced. Please see the Student
Prize page for details.
Members' Weekend 2015 supplementary materials
All available supplementary materials (talk texts, handouts and
slides) are now available from this website. Please see
the event's web page.
The 2015 issue of the Philsoc Review is now available as a PDF
file from the Review archive page.
(UK members have probably received their paper copy by now, but
postal deliveries to other countires often take rather longer.)
More past recordings retrieved from a private archive
Thanks to continuing efforts of our Recordings Librarian Bill
Radcliffe and to Bob Clarke's dredging of his private archive,
another past event has been added to the archive: Marianne Talbot's
weekend on The Nature of Rationality from April 2003. This is
accessible trough the Events Archive
Away Day 2016
The date and the topic have been announced. Members are invited
to submit talkproposals. Please see the
Away Day page for details.