Open Call for Papers


We welcome submissions of contributions that are in line with the suggestions given below and that meet the standards of the journal.

All papers considered appropriate for the journal are anonymously reviewed by two (sometimes three) reviewers. Authors will be required to revise their paper(s) according to the reviewers' comments, and to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement Form if their paper(s) is accepted for publication. Papers accepted for publication are subject to non-substantive, stylistic editing. The Editor reserves the right to make any necessary changes in the papers, or request the author to do so, or reject the submitted paper. The proofs will be sent along to the author for confirmation.

Philosophical Inquiries' aim is to cover a wide range of philosophical questions of broad interest and belonging to diverse fields, such as epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, aesthetics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of law. It seeks to bring together international scholars committed to cutting edge research on pressing questions in those fields. The scholars who belong to the journal’s Editorial Board, Advisory Board, and Executive Board do not belong to what might be called a “school†nor do they privilege any exclusive philosophical style in their works. Over the years, they have shared concerns, and, on many occasions, have worked together on national and international research projects; and we believe that, as a scholarly group, they exemplify what a respectful scientific community should ideally look like and how it should cooperate. More importantly, those people all share the conviction that philosophical writing should be clear, precise, and well-argued, in order to help advancing debates rationally. We naturally welcome other or more innovative styles; but as we want to guarantee that the scientific communication will be efficient, so that opinions, ideas, and arguments can be exchanged and discussed fruitfully, we recommend submitting contributions that avoid any philosophical jargon that cannot be easily accessed by scholars who are unfamiliar with it. We also suggest avoiding analyses concerning questions exclusively internal to a tradition or to an author. Historical and philological contributions should be submitted only to the extent that they help to clarify, conceptually or “genealogically,†a philosophical question that is alive in contemporary philosophical debates.

The journal has three sections. The section “Essays†will publish contributions that will have been previously subject to a double blind peer review, unless the paper is invited (when this will so, it will be well clarified to the readership). The section “Focus†will be prepared by a Guest Editor on topics that the Editorial Board select as of interest. The Guest Editor will be in charge of the invitations to contributors and of screening the papers that reach us via a dedicated call for papers. The section “Past Present†wishes to offer a contribution to current philosophical debate through the publication of outstanding papers that have never been published in English or that was but are now difficult to find in libraries. Such papers will be introduced by an expert who will explain their theoretical and historical significance.