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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 368 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 very popular on 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: 11 July 2021.

  • Away Day 2021
    An Away Day on the topic of Memory is scheduled to be held in Gerrards Cross, Bucks, UK, and also accessible via Zoom on Sunday 21st November 2021. A Call for speakers has been issued. Please see the Away Day page for details.
  • Hilary 2021 term Student Prize winners
    The Student Prize page has been updated to show Hilary 2021 term winners, judges' comments and links to winning essays.
  • Members' Weekend 2021
    The Members' Weekend's programme has now been published. Please see the event's page for details.
  • Review 2020
    The Philosophical Society Review 2020 is now available to members for download as a .pdf file via the Review Archive page.
  • 2020-2021 OUDCE Events
    Please note that all advertised 2020-2021 weekend and day school events are now "on hold" due to pandemic uncertainties.