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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 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 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: 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.
  • 2015 Review
    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 page.
  • 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.