Submission Guidelines

Icelandic mask


Volume 18 will focus on philosophical questions tied to Truth and Knowledge.

We invite contributions on a wide range of questions and issues

Some seed questions to consider:

Is truth possible?
Are there degrees of truth and if yes, what does that mean ?
How do we know?  What can we know?  Describe what you know about… [give examples]
How does opinion differ from belief and from knowledge?
How can we determine real news from fake news?
What role does authority or expert status play in claims to know?
What is the difference between opinion and knowledge?
What does truth mean in: art, science, religion, everyday life?
What is an idea?  A perception?  A concept?
Does truth matter?
If there is no truth, how do we determine what to believe?

Philosophical inspirations:

  • Rene Descartes’ challenge:  is everything a dream?
  • David Hume’s challenge:  how are ideas related?
  • Plato’s challenge: How are abstract ideas true while perceptions are not?
  • Wittgenstein’s challenge:  how does language work to mirror the world?
  • Merleau-Ponty’s challenge:  How does perception construct truths?

For those unfamiliar with past issues, Questions features short articles, discussions, drawings, critiques, poetry, and other writings by philosophy students of all ages. The journal is published annually by the Philosophy Documentation Center. It is our goal to engage children in advanced philosophical thinking through related and common works of art.   All our issues are comprised of unsolicited submissions from educators and students, as well as the prize winning essays from PLATO contests.  As part of our anonymous review selection, we consider all submissions for correctness, accuracy and quality of thought for the writer’s age.  Questions is always accepting submissions to feature in our next issue.


Questions is looking for a variety of content written by a various age groups in order to document different phases of philosophical inquiry.  Questions accepts the following forms of content:

  • Short Articles
  • Discussions
  • Drawings
  • Critiques
  • Poetry
  • Lesson Plans
  • Children’s Classroom Experiences/ Reactions to Philosophy
  • Book reviews
  • Other Thought Provoking Ideas


  1. While we are always accepting submissions, the deadline for each issue is April 30th.
  2. Send all submissions to:
  3. Written submissions should be sent in Word or Rich Text File formats (.doc/.docx or .rtf).
  4. Please cite and format scholarly articles according to the guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style; use endnotes rather than footnotes.
  5. Send images, whether photographs, drawings, paintings, etc., as uncompressed image files with at least a 300 dpi resolution.
  6. If you are a publisher and would like to send us a book to review, please mail the book to the address on our Contact Us page.

Deadline for submissions:  April 30, 2018