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. To learn more about PPJ’s vision and values, visit Our Vision and Community Ethics.
The range of philosophical and philosophically-informed topics is wide, and we do not have preferences for one’s focus or tradition (Continental, Analytic, Western, non-Western etc.). However, we do ask that submissions have a central “public philosophy” orientation. This can include applied or publicly-engaged philosophy, work that serves non-academic communities, and/or reflections on public impact on philosophy. For more information about what we mean by Public Philosophy, check out the Public Philosophy Network.
Topics can include but are not limited to: current issues, public policy, pedagogy and education (K-12 and higher education), social justice issues (food justice, Indigenous rights, Immigration, and systemic racism, sexism, xenophobia, classism, ableism, homophobia etc.), the arts, health, sciences, and technology. For more ideas about frequently published topics, view our publications.
OUR PEER REVIEW PROCESS
At PPJ we use a transparent, collaborative review process that is explicitly not anonymous. We do this in efforts to combat the toxicity that anonymous reviewing often permits. We instead aim to treat review as a collaboration among composers and reviewers, who work together to further develop submissions. We want to expand the traditional understanding of “peer” in peer review to include members of non-academic communities who impact or are impacted by the philosophical topics at hand. By having open, transparent discussions among composers and reviewers, we hope to transform the way that peer review happens in scholarly publishing. To learn more about our peer review system, visit our Formative Peer Review page.