Call for papers: Public and Philosophy

No. 2 (June 2018)

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.

Consideration of the role of philosophy in contemporary society is once again confronted with an ancient problem – one which arises today in new ways and with unprecedented urgency: who is philosophy’s audience? In this issue, special focus will be given to significant aspects of the relation between philosophy and the ways it is disseminated. What kind of public is interested in Philosophy, nowadays, and what does it ask of this audience? Moreover, in which aspects of Philosophy is the non-academic public primarily interested? Is it possible that current channels of diffusion (blogs, internet websites, media and mobile apps) and the heterogeneity of the audience radically alter the original sense and purpose of Philosophy, as well as its language? How might we explain this alteration? Is Philosophy misrepresented in this way or is it thereby recalled to its original vocation? Furthermore, can these new approaches to Philosophy still be considered “philosophical”? Which elements characterize the type of language exployed in these contexts? Lastly, are new philosophical practices, such as “Philosophy for Children” (P4C) and “Philosophical Counseling”, something more or different from other practices designed for cognitive development? 

The journal is especially interested in papers analyzing the theme from a multidisciplinary point of view.

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

  • Philosophical counseling
  • Philosophy for Children (P4C)
  • Philosophy and mass-media
  • New forms of Philosophy popularization and their languages
  • Philosophy and Business
  • Animal Studies
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Psychiatry
  • Philosophical Psychology
  • Philosophy and Cognitive Neurosciences
  • Metaphilosophy
  • Post-human and Trans-human philosophical issues

Guidelines and terms for submission:

  • Submissions should be preceded by an abstract of fewer than 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 April 18, 2018. Communication of decisions regarding the outcome of submissions will take place after that date. Authors of accepted abstracts will then have until May 30, 2018 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 double-blind peer review process; therefore, the author’s name and affiliation must appear only once in the paper (under the title). The full version of the paper should include an abstract (of max. 250 words, in English), and 5 keywords (in English).

Editorial guidelines can be found at the following webpage:

Submissions should be sent to the following address: