Philosophy

The journal Philosophy, edited by Anthony O’Hear, is published quarterly by the Cambridge University Press and sent to all members of the Institute.  It includes articles, discussions and book reviews by contributors who take care to make themselves understood to the serious non-specialist reader while avoiding both needless technicality and condescension.  Over two and a half thousand individuals and libraries all over the world subscribe to the journal.

Recent articles include:

  • Michael Dummett , ‘Is Time a Continuum of Instants?’
  • David Wiggins, ‘Wittgenstein on Ethics and the Riddle of Life’
  • Graham Priest, ‘What is Philosophy?’
  • Mary Midgley, ‘The Philosopher on Dover Beach’
  • John Cook, ‘Did Wittgenstein Practice What He Preached?’
  • John Hyman, ‘What, If Anything, Are Colours Relative To?’
  • Jonathan Bennett, ‘Time in Human Experience’
  • Marcus G Singer, ‘The Concepts of Evil’
  • Ian Rumfitt, ‘Contingent Existents’
  • Roger Scruton, ‘Ethics and Welfare; the Case of Hunting’

Supplements to Philosophy
The Institute also prepares two supplements to Philosophy each year, published by the Cambridge University Press. The first is a volume which brings together the lectures given in the London Lecture Series, and the second is a collection of papers given at the most recent Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference.

For general details and purchasing information, click HERE.

Members of the Institute are entitled to purchase current and past supplements at a 30% discount. Members can download an order form HERE.

The Philosophy Archive Project
In the first issue of the Institute’s journal, published in 1926, the editor had this to say about the journal’s rationale:  should it ‘prove of service in fostering the growth of a more widely diffused philosophical temper, which to many of our best minds is regarded as the supreme desideratum of our age, it will have justified its appearance.  Inspired by such a purpose and sustained by hope, we are content to bide the judgement of time.’ 


Philosophy certainly seems to be hanging in there, and whatever conclusions one might draw from its longevity, it seems that preserving the history of the journal is itself a worthwhile goal. The Philosophy Archive Project is now complete, and the whole of Philosophy has now been digitized by JSTOR, thus preserving it and further diffusing the philosophical temper. Electronic copies of every issue of the journal are now available to libraries all over the world.

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