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
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 370 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: 12 August 2015.
- 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.
- Members' Weekend 2015
Booking is now open for the 2015 Members' Weekend. Please see
the event's web page for details.
You can book a place using the on-line
- Student Prize Hilary term winners
Student prize winners have now been announced. Please see the
Student Prize page for details.
- 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
- 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.