The Vassar College Journal of Philosophy is a student-run publication supported by the Philosophy Department of Vassar College. Dedicated to both quality and accessibility, it seeks to give undergraduate students from all disciplines a platform to discuss and express philosophical ideas.
All those interested in contributing an essay to the issue of the Journal to be published in the Spring of 2019 are invited to review the submission guidelines listed below. Every issue of the Journal has an overall theme. Submissions ranging across a variety of topics are welcome as long as they can be related to that theme, which this year is “Codes/Secrets.”
“Codes/Secrets” is a theme that can be explored within a variety of philosophical frames, including (but not limited to): philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, Critical Theory, and aesthetics. In recent years, the Journal has also published essays generated within disciplines and departments traditionally considered exterior to philosophy. So long as an essay engages a specific philosophical problem related to codes or secrets, the Journal’s staff will be excited to review and potentially publish relevant writings on literature, history, political science, sociology and anthropology, cognitive science, and psychology. An essay on the theme of “Codes/Secrets” may investigate concepts such as private language, intellectual property, denial and deception, publicity, moral codes, information theory and computer ethics, genetics, and digital art.
Format: 12 point Times New Roman font, 5000 word maximum for the Paper, 100 word maximum for the Abstract. There is no minimum word count, provided that the topic of the paper is suitably addressed. Papers should not include your name or other identifying information. Please provide your paper title, name, email, and major in a separate attachment.
Citation Format: Chicago Citation Style. 500-word maximum.
Topic: The theme for our upcoming issue is “Codes/Secrets” Any philosophical treatment of this theme is welcome.
Originality: We accept only original work. Do not submit already published material. If you have submitted or plan on submitting your paper to publications other than The Vassar College Journal of Philosophy, please, disclose to us that this is the case. We cannot accept submissions failing to meet these guidelines. Any further inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For context, we encourage authors to review previous issues of the Journal. These are available digitally.