Philosophy and Humanistic Studies Department

Undergraduate Philosophy Journals


Active Philosophy Journal Links (many thanks to Dana Fotheringham for compiling this list!) (Episteme) Episteme is a general journal of epistemology in the analytic tradition that invites both informal and formal approaches. Among its primary “traditional” topics are knowledge, justification, evidence, reasons, rationality, skepticism, truth, probability, epistemic norms and values, and methodology. The journal devotes special attention to issues in social epistemology, including testimony, trust, disagreement, relativism, diversity and expertise, collective judgment, and the epistemic assessment of social institutions (e.g., science, law, democracy, and the media). The journal welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to epistemology that borrow methods from allied disciplines such as experimental psychology, linguistics, economics, game theory, evolutionary theory, and computer simulation studies. (Ephemeris) Contributions are solicited in all areas of the philosophical discipline, political theory, metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, religion, feminist philosophy, philosophy of race, eastern philosophy, philosophy of mind and so on.
Contributions should take the form of an essay, article, or short note, preferably no more than 5,000 words. Responses to previously published articles are also welcome. We must retain full editorial discretion in altering work for publication. Format: All work must be submitted as an electronic copy in standard Word, OpenOffice, or RTF format. Footnotes are preferable to endnotes. A rough stylistic guide is the Chicago manual or the APA (American Philosophical Association) standard. (The MLA is not favored.) Submissions due by January 15, 2018 to (Aporia) Aporia is published twice each year, in the fall and in the spring. The fall issue is exclusively online; the spring issue appears in print. The deadline for submissions for the fall issue is usually in October and for the spring issue in late January or early February. Submissions should be emailed in Word(.docx), or .pdf format to welcome well-written, undergraduate papers on any philosophical topic. We prefer papers of approximately three to five thousand words. Essays should be original, unpublished, and must not be in submission elsewhere. Authors must be undergraduates during the semester of publication. We are also soliciting short critical notices (five to fifteen hundred words) criticizing articles in the current and recent issues of Aporia. All submissions must be formatted for blind review. For each submission include two documents: your submission stripped of all identifying information, and a cover page stating your name, title of submission, university affiliation, email address, and postal address. (Dialogue) Dialogue is the official journal of Phi Sigma Tau, the International National Honor Society in Philosophy. It is the continuing goal of Dialogue to provide a vigorous and lively vehicle for the exchange of philosophical ideas among graduate and undergraduate students interested in philosophy. Dialogue accepts for publication articles, discussions, and reviews in all areas of contemporary philosophical research. It appears twice each academic year: a single issue in October, and a double issue in April. Dialogue accepts articles by undergraduate or graduate students of philosophy, but not from those with terminal degrees. Topics may be in any area of contemporary interest in philosophy or its history. Membership in Phi Sigma Tau is not a condition for publication. Authors are encouraged to use gender-inclusive language. For matters of style, please consult the latest version of The Chicago Manual of Style. Prospective authors should email a copy of their paper to the editor. Any word processing format is acceptable, though RTF (rich text format) or WORD files are preferred. The texts for papers should be double spaced throughout (including quotations and notes), and with notes gathered at the end. Special symbols and characters in non-Roman alphabets should be avoided. Greek terms should be transliterated, and Polish notation is preferred for logical expressions. Authors should also send a SUBMISSION SHEET containing: the authors name, mailing address, phone number and email address. Title of the paper submitted, a brief abstract of fifteen lines or less, and a brief autobiographical statement. (Princeton Journal of Bioethics) Established in 1997, the Princeton Journal of Bioethics is the oldest undergraduate journal of bioethics in the world. The primary goal of the Journal is to provide undergraduates an arena for the discussion of current issues in bioethics including genetic engineering, reproductive rights, stem cell research, and euthanasia. The Journal serves as a resource for students and professors of bioethics, as well as a representation of undergraduate work in bioethics. Working with a Technical Review Board of leaders in education, medicine, science, and ethics, the Journal strives to provide material of the highest quality. The Journal’s readership extends throughout the globe, and it is distributed at national bioethics conferences and associated committees. (Philosophy Pathways) Submissions to Philosophy Pathways can take the form of an article on a philosophical topic, or a response to a previously published article, or news about a recent or forthcoming philosophical event. If you are submitting an article, there are no limitations on subject matter, but we would prefer if you kept footnotes and technicalities to a minimum. Please email your article or news item to the Chief Editor/ List Manager Geoffrey Klempner at for distribution to the Pathways Editors. We accept any of the following formats: txt, rtf, doc, docx, odt. News items are usually published in the next available issue. Submitted articles remain in the submissions folder until they are either selected by a Pathways Editor or withdrawn by the author. (Compos Mentis) Two issues of compos mentis: Undergraduate Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics are published every year. The January/February issue publishes articles written by undergraduate students affiliated with any institution in the world. The May/June issue publishes undergraduate papers that were presented as talks as part of the annual Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (MUPC). The journal seeks to promote and showcase undergraduate philosophical works that address the philosophical significance of issues in the areas of cognition, neuroscience, neuropsychology, bio-, medical- and neuroethics, as well as the social, political, and legal implications of such matters. We encourage traditional philosophical treatments of these topics as well as papers using an interdisciplinary approach. This is an open call for papers; nonetheless, papers submitted should be relevant to cognition and neuroethics broadly understood. Topics can include any of the following, although this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or general Science
  • Philosophy of Action (Free Will)
  • Identity
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Bioethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Consciousness
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Memory, Learning, Belief, and Knowledge

Here are just a few of the sorts of questions and ideas that we encourage students to write about: What is self-identity? Can you freely alter your own self-identity? Are there aspects of one’s personal-identity that it would be wrong to alter, eliminate or hide? If so, why? What is the proper way to conceptualize pain and suffering? Is all pain bad? How do other cultures, presently or historically, conceptualize the mind, belief, knowledge, pain? How do other cultures conceive of medicine, health, and physical and emotional well-being? What is the proper role of medicine—to eliminate or cure illness or to enhance people (physically, morally, psychologically) to make them “better than well”? Should all illnesses or diseases be cured—why or why not? What are the limits (if any) of parental control over the health and well-being of the body and mind of their child? Do children have the right to determine whether or not they are subjected to medical or psychological treatments? Are there ever occasions when it is permissible (mandatory?) for third parties to make therapeutic decisions for someone? What are the social consequences of being regarded as diseased or ill? How are health, life and death, medicine, physical and mental illness portrayed in art, music, and in literature? We ask that papers be between 4,000 and 7,000 words in length. Please include with the paper an abstract between 300 and 500 words and up to 10 key words/terms. Submit papers by email as a Word .doc or .docx file prepared for blind review. Include your full contact information in the email only. The purpose of compos mentis is to is to support and encourage the intellectual work of undergraduates, so everything submitted should be the work of undergraduate students only. Papers accepted will be published in the open issue of compos mentis: The Undergraduate Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics. For questions concerning publication format, please see the CCN Style Guide. (Dualist) The Dualist is a national undergraduate philosophy journal published by Stanford University undergraduates. Its purpose is to offer students from all universities an opportunity to participate in a normally inaccessible part of academic life—the production and publication of papers for general philosophical readership. Submission guidelines: Must be an undergraduate paper, at least 12 pages in length (can be double-spaced). Must submit two separate files (preferably Word format)- a cover page with the author’s name and contact information, and the paper itself without any of the authors identifying information. All articles and books referenced must be completely cited, and it must have not already been published. Can be submitted electronically to or physically to The Dualist, Department of Philosophy Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Main Quad, Building 90 Stanford, CA 94305 (The Reed) The Reed is an undergraduate philosophy journal about Existentialism published by Carleton and St. Olaf students. Its purpose is to encourage undergraduates to participate in a constructive discourse about Existential thought and scholarship. It accepts submissions during the winter and is printed in late spring. It is distributed to philosophy departments all over the world, and past publications are available online. We accept both written works and visual art that pertain to existentialism. We define “existentialism” broadly, and will review anything that addresses canonical existentialist thinkers or themes commonly associated with the movement (e.g. absurdity, alienation, subjectivity, paradox, truth as metaphor, life as suffering, etc.) Written submissions must be sent as a Word document attached to an email to Art submissions must be sent as either a Word document (in the case of poetry, non-academic writing, etc.) or a high-resolution image file (in the case of painting, sculpture, etc.) Written submissions must be in twelve-point Times New Roman and no more than 20 pages double-spaced (essays must not exceed 6000 words). Academic essays must include an abstract not exceeding 200 words. All citation information must be in the Chicago style with footnotes. For visual art, the inclusion of a title and short description of your work are encouraged. Author contact information must be on a separate sheet in a separate file. Please do not include author information on the individual pages of the submitted paper. (Stance) Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal is produced and edited entirely by undergraduate students. We aim to enrich student learning by providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to have their original scholarly work reviewed by or published in a peer-reviewed academic journal.

Stance is published annually in April. The deadline for submission is in mid-December. All papers are carefully considered by multiple blind reviewers. Notification of initial decision is early February. All authors receive constructive feedback concerning submissions.