Call for Papers: Philosophy and Its Forms of Expression. History and Evolution.

No. 6-7 (I-II/2020) (December)

The bi-annual journal P.O.I. – Points of Interest invites submissions from scholars in philosophy and related disciplines for its forthcoming volume. Submissions should address the proposed theme and should conform to the criteria and terms outlined below.

This double issue will be dedicated to investigate how modes of expression of philosophical thought change according to authorial intents and philosophical/historical contexts. The adoption of different modus comunicandi is always the result of a targeted choice made by the author in expressing a particular idea. Already in the ancient world, in fact, we can observe the use of different models of diffusion of philosophical thought: from the centrality of stylistic expression in the Sophistic to the Platonic appeal to the dialogical form, up to the philosophical-theological treatises of late Neoplatonism and the early Christian age; then, Modernity proves to be an extraordinary laboratory to draw on to study the importance of expressive form for the ideas thereby expressed (as it was, for example, for Descartes’ Meditationes de Prima Philosophia and for Spinoza’s Ethica more geometrico demonstrata); finally, in contemporary times, we are witnessing a massive reemergence of dissemination of thought through forms such as letters, lectures and conferences. These different approaches are still present today in digital communication, on the web: in fact, it is no accident that philosophical thought is now also spread through channels such as blogs, streaming and video playlists.

The volume is aimed at investigating the history of the forms of expression and / or writing of philosophy, with specil attention to the “channels” of communication of philosophical knowledge over the centuries. In particular, it seeks to identify the end pursued by authors in preferring one style to another.

We welcome submissions on all topics related to the theme. For example:

  • Historical-philosophical investigation of the ways in which philosophical knowledge was disseminated;
  • Philosophical analysis of writing systems (e.g. structure and purpose of the treatise / dialogue / epistle) and of the way in which the form intervenes in essentially defining the content;
  • The philosophical influence that publishers have exercised in the collection of works and / or notes by other authors (such as for Aristotle, Plotinus and Hegel);
  • Contemporary forms of philosophical communication.

Guidelines and terms for submission:

  • Submissions should be preceded by an abstract under 2000-characters, including spaces (approximately 350-400 words), which will be pre-evaluated by the editorial staff for relevance to the CfP topic.
  • The deadline for receipt of abstracts is March 15, 2020. Communication of decisions regarding the outcome of submissions will take place after that date. Authors of accepted abstracts will then have until June 30, 2020 to submit the full version of their paper (20,000-60,000-characters, including spaces; approximately 3500-10,500 words) .
  • Contributions must be of original, unpublished work, and must not be under consideration by other journals.
  • Submissions in the following languages are accepted and will be considered: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish.
  • The journal employs a double-blind peer review process, therefore author’s name and any affiliation must appear only once in the paper (under the title). The full version of the paper should include an abstract (in English; max. 250 words), and 5 keywords (in English).

Editorial guidelines can be found at the following webpage:

Submissions should be sent to the following address: