The Public Philosophy Journal (PPJ) is a space for people to share work they curate and create to deepen how we understand societal matters and issues. In contrast to other scholarly journals, the PPJ uses an innovative Formative Review Process designed to support you in sharing work that engages with and addresses public concerns. We present and share content that serves as relevant and accessible scholarship shaped by public and academic scholars alike.

Partnering with publicly engaged individuals and organizations allows us to facilitate and coordinate publications that enrich public life. In this work, we are cultivating habits of collaboration and collegiality among people, wider communities, and relevant scholarly ideas. This makes our shared efforts more effective and helps provides publics with more tools to respond in imaginative ways to the great challenges of our time.


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Our Values: Thick Collegiality, Ethical Imatination, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, and Transparency


We, the Public Philosophy Journal collectively acknowledge that Michigan State University (our main sponsor and homebase) occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. We recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereignty of Michigan’s twelve federally-recognized Indian nations, for historic Indigenous communities in Michigan, for Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and for those who were forcibly removed from their Homelands. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold Michigan State University more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.” – PPJ-MSU Land Acknowledgement


“The Public Philosophy Journal seeks to do philosophy with the public by creating an inclusive space in which community voices are recognized, heard, and supported as vital to the practices of public philosophy. As an activity, public philosophy is responsive to public concerns and rooted in deliberative reflection. We nurture the creation of content, whether text-based or multi-media, that brings our philosophical commitment to enrich the world to our publication practices. Thus, we ask composers to submit content that speaks in a register that attends equally to the following style criteria: relevance, accessibility, intellectual coherence, and scholarly engagement.”


Formative Peer Review (FPR), is a structured form of peer engagement rooted in trust and a shared commitment to improving the work through candid and colegial feedback. The review process involves a composer, a nominated reviewer, and a reviewer(s) identified by a peer review coordinator who provide feedback to composers and help shape the work for a broader public audience. Composers and review teams are asked to prioritize the PPJ’s criteria when collaboratively developing a submission.

The PPJ provides open access publication and archiving of scholarship that has been through PPJ’s Formative Peer Review.  After the review process is complete, review team members are invited to compose public holistic responses for inclusion in the publication, while the published works themselves become available for post-publication engagement and discussion. 


1. Submissions have relevance when they respond to current issues of public concern.

2. They are accessible when they resonate with a diverse public audience of individuals on their own terms. This involves considering when it is necessary to explain technical terms and concepts.

3. They demonstrate intellectual coherence when they provide clear, well-reasoned claims and evidence to support their arguments, as well as when they identify and elucidate theoretical concepts that amplify understanding of their subject matter.

4. Scholarly dialogue submissions demonstrate their awareness of how their topics are discussed and how current and past perspectives that have been expressed on the issues and matters they address in their work.