The Journal of Philosophy

The Journal of Philosophy is a monthly peer-reviewed academic journal on philosophy, founded in 1904 at Columbia University. Its stated purpose is "To publish philosophical articles of current interest and encourage the interchange of ideas, especially the exploration of the borderline between philosophy and other disciplines."[1] Subscriptions and online access are managed by the Philosophy Documentation Center.[2]

The Journal of Philosophy
Edited byThe Columbia University Department of Philosophy
Publication details
History1921–present; 1904-1920 as The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods
The Journal of Philosophy, Inc. (United States)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4J. Philos.
ISSN0022-362X (print)
1939-8549 (web)
OCLC no.37699220

The Journal was ranked the second highest-quality philosophy journal in a poll conducted on the popular philosophy blog Leiter Reports,[3] and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious journals in the field.[4] The journal also publishes the Dewey, Woodbridge, and Nagel Lectures series held at Columbia University.


The journal was founded at Columbia University in 1904 as The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, under the editorship of Professor J. E. Woodbridge and Professor James McKeen Cattell.[5] Wendell T. Bush became co-editor of the journal in 1906 and provided it with its endowment.[5] The inaugural issue announced that the journal was founded with the intent of "covering the whole field of scientific philosophy, psychology, ethics and logic" so that "the relations between philosophy and psychology should remain intimate".[6] In 1921 the name of the journal was shortened to The Journal of Philosophy.

From 1954 to 1985, the President of the journal was Albert G. Redpath. After Redpath's death, Corliss Lamont was President for a short period. Arthur C. Danto was President from 1985 to 2010, followed by Akeel Bilgrami, the current President.

The journal is published from Columbia University. From its founding until 1998, the journal was printed by the Lancaster Press in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.[7] Today the journal is printed by the Sheridan Press in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Past contributors to the journal include: Theodor W. Adorno, G.E.M. Anscombe, D. M. Armstrong, A. J. Ayer, Jonathan Bennett, Henri Bergson, Ned Block, Tyler Burge, Rudolf Carnap, Stanley Cavell, David Chalmers, Roderick Chisholm, Noam Chomsky, Paul Churchland, Arthur Danto, Donald Davidson, Daniel Dennett, John Dewey, Fred Dretske, W.E.B. Du Bois, Michael Dummett, Ronald Dworkin, Kit Fine, Jerry Fodor, Harry Frankfurt, Peter Geach, Alvin Goldman, Nelson Goodman, Jürgen Habermas, Ian Hacking, Gilbert Harman, Carl Hempel, Jaakko Hintikka, Frank Jackson, William James, Jaegwon Kim, David Lewis, Walter Kaufmann, Christine Korsgaard, Saul Kripke, Alasdair MacIntyre, J. L. Mackie, John McDowell, George Herbert Mead, Sidney Morgenbesser, Ernest Nagel, Thomas Nagel, Robert Nozick, Martha Nussbaum, Derek Parfit, Charles Sanders Peirce, Alvin Plantinga, Hilary Putnam, W.V.O. Quine, John Rawls, Hans Reichenbach, Richard Rorty, Bertrand Russell, George Santayana, T. M. Scanlon, David Schmidtz, Wilfrid Sellars, Amartya Sen, Elliot Sober, Robert Stalnaker, P. F. Strawson, Charles Taylor, Tim van Gelder, and Peter van Inwagen.

Notable articlesEdit

According to the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports, the most cited articles published by the journal include:

Early 20th centuryEdit

Mid 20th centuryEdit

  • "Present Standpoints and Past History" (1939) - Arthur O. Lovejoy
  • "The Function of General Laws in History" (1942) - Carl G. Hempel
  • "The Problem of Counterfactual Conditionals" (1947) - Nelson Goodman
  • "Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes" (1956) - W.V.O. Quine
  • "Actions, Reasons, and Causes" (1963) - Donald Davidson
  • "The Artworld" (1964) - Arthur C. Danto
  • "An Argument for the Identity Theory" (1966) - David Kellogg Lewis
  • "Singular Terms, Truth-Value Gaps, and Free Logic" (1966) - BC Van Fraassen
  • "Counterpart Theory and Quantified Modal Logic" (1968) - David Kellogg Lewis
  • "Ontological Relativity" (1968) - W.V.O. Quine
  • "Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility" (1969) - Harry Frankfurt

Late 20th centuryEdit

  • "Epistemic Operators" (1970) - Fred Dretske
  • "Intentional Systems" (1971) - Daniel C. Dennett
  • "Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person" (1971) - Harry Frankfurt
  • "Causation, Nomic Subsumption, and the Concept of Event" (1973) - Jaegwon Kim
  • "Meaning and Reference" (1973) - Hilary Putnam
  • "Functional Analysis" (1975) - Robert Cummins
  • "Free Agency" (1975) - Gary Watson
  • "Outline of a Theory of Truth" (1975) - Saul Kripke
  • "Preference and Urgency" (1975) - T. M. Scanlon
  • "Discrimination and Perceptual Knowledge" (1976) - Alvin I. Goldman
  • "Wide Reflective Equilibrium and Theory Acceptance in Ethics" (1979) - Norman Daniels
  • "Kantian Constructivism in Moral Theory" (1980) - John Rawls
  • "Rational and Full Autonomy" (1980) - John Rawls
  • "Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes" (1981) - Paul M. Churchland
  • "Moral Information" (1985) - Amartya Sen
  • "Skepticism about Practical Reason" (1986) - Christine Korsgaard
  • "What Mary Didn't Know" (1986) - Frank C. Jackson
  • "Individualism and Self-Knowledge" (1988) - Tyler Burge
  • "Why Abortion is Immoral" (1989) - Don Marquis
  • "The Structure and Content of Truth" (1990) - Donald Davidson
  • "National Self-Determination" (1990) - Avishai Margalit and Joseph Raz
  • "Real Patterns" (1991) - Daniel C. Dennett
  • "Rationality Within Reason" (1992) - David Schmidtz
  • "Reconciliation Through the Public Use of Reason: Remarks on John Rawls's Political Liberalism" (1995) - Jürgen Habermas
  • "What Might Cognition Be, If Not Computation?" (1995) - Tim van Gelder
  • "The Woodbridge Lectures: Having the World in View: Sellars, Kant, and Intentionality" (1997) - John McDowell

21st centuryEdit

  • "Causation as Influence" (2000) - David Lewis
  • "Knowing How" (2001) - Jason Stanley and Timothy Williamson
  • "The Harder Problem of Consciousness" (2002) - Ned Block
  • "Challenges to the Hypothesis of Extended Cognition" (2004) - Robert D. Rupert
  • "What Do We Want from a Theory of Justice" (2006) - Amartya Sen
  • "The Dewey Lectures: What Kind of Creatures Are We?" (2013) - Noam Chomsky

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Purpose and History". The Journal of Philosophy. Retrieved 2015-07-13.
  2. ^ "Special Announcement", The Journal of Philosophy, volume 111, no.11, November 2014, back cover.
  3. ^ "Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog: Top philosophy journals, without regard to area". Retrieved 2016-01-05.
  4. ^ "Against Rank | Inside Higher Ed". Retrieved 2016-01-05.
  5. ^ a b Iris Bean, "Brief History of the Journal of Philosophy", 1942.
  6. ^ "Notes and News". The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods (Vol. 1, No. 1). 7 January 1904. JSTOR i308767.
  7. ^ "Vol. 95". The Journal of Philosophy. 1998.

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