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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 371 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: 16 October 2015.

  • Student Prize winners
    Student Prize winners for the 2015 Trinity term have been announced. Please see the Student Prize page for details.
  • Away Day 2015 summarised
    The Away Day 2015 page now includes a link to Bob Stone's excellent report on the event.
  • OUDCE weekent Philosophy events for 2016
    Booking links for the 2016 events have been added to the Events Programme page.
  • Away Day 2015 materials now available
    The Away Day 2015 page has been updated to provide links to materials (e.g. talk texts) supplied by speakers.
  • Member login
    Access to the Discussion Forum is now restricted. Philsoc members need to log in to access its contents. Once logged in, members can also receive contents of the recordings and the Review archives directly to their browser, instead of having these emailed to their registered address. Members have been advised by email of the login procedure. In case of any difficulties please contact Webmaster@oxfordphilsoc.org.