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 361 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: 17 July 2016.
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
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.
International Members Weekend update
Please see the event's page for
an update, call for abstracts and an early booking form.