Dr Tony Chadwick, who died in January 1991, founded the
Philosophical Society in 1973. He was Staff Tutor in
Philosophy at what is now Oxford University Department
for Continuing Education (OUDCE) which is based at
Rewley House, Oxford.
His family would like to encourage students of Philosophy
who are connected with the traditional work of Rewley House.
An Essay Prize of £150 is awarded annually for the
best essay from any member of the Philosophical Society,
any Rewley House student of any day, evening, weekend or
Summer school classes, or any students of philosophy groups
who have connections with the Philosophical Society.
In addition to the £150, the prize includes a free
philosophy weekend of the winner's choice (excluding
There is a £75 prize for the runner-up (again, plus
free weekend fees). This prize is known as the Boethius
Prize. There is a £25 prize for the best essay written
by someone whose age is less than 30. This is aimed at
encouraging young philosophers. This prize is known as the
After the winners are decided, all submitted essays are
forwarded to the Editor of the Society's Annual Review.
Winning essays are published automatically, the rest may
also be published at the Editor's discretion, subject to the
same criteria as any essays submitted directly to the Review.
Essays can be sent as either hard copy or email, to
arrive not later than 1st July. For details (including
eligibility criteria) and for some advisory
guidelines, please see the
Chadwick Prize Rules.
Please add a separate cover sheet, with your name and
contact information, plus details of how you qualify to
enter this competition (e.g. membership of the Society,
or which class you have attended), and a signed statement
saying "This essay is entirely my own original
If submitting an essay to the Chadwick prize, please do not
submit the same (or similar) to the Review, as this may
compromise your anonymity. All submitted essays will be
automatically forwarded to the Review Editor for
consideration, unless you specifically request for this not
Below you can download PDF versions of
the essays of all the winners and runners-up since
the competition began in 1993.
Tony Chadwick Prize Winners and Runners up
2023 First prize (Chadwick Prize): Filippos Harlaftis