The Philosopher is the journal of the PSE (Philosophical Society of England), a charitable organisation founded in 1913 to provide an alternative to the formal university-based discipline. You can find out more about the history of the PSE here. As of 2018, The Philosopher is edited by Anthony Morgan and is published twice a year, both in print and digitally.
The aim of The Philosopher is to publish philosophy that is emotionally intelligent, formally innovative, and socially just. Our understanding of what constitutes “philosophy” is broad and extends beyond the narrow confines typically set by the academy. We take seriously the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary philosophy, encouraging contributions from historians, cultural theorists, geographers, psychologists, classicists, activists, artists, and more.
In addition to the journal, we host:
- The "On Philosophy" series of digital dialogues that has so far attracted over 12,000 people from over 100 countries. Video recordings of these events can be watched here.
- "The Philosopher and the News" podcast in partnership with Alexis Papazoglou. "The Philosopher and the News" was ranked #2 in a recent list of the UK’s top 15 philosophy podcasts.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Philosopher, we thought we would look forward rather than back! This issue of The Philosopher examines the question: Where is public philosophy going? It is intended as a companion to the spring issue on “Where is Philosophy Going?” The Philosopher has, as we like to say, been ‘saving philosophy from the academy’ since 1923. For that reason, particularly in the journal’s centenary year, we’re interested not in the future of philosophy as a discipline but in public philosophy – the ways that philosophy has, is, and will continue to be disseminated and engaged with outside academia. Guest editors: Peter West and Jonathon Hawkins Contributors: Alexandra Grant; Jonathon Hawkins and Peter West; Jana Bacevic; Ellie Robson; Angie Hobbs; Aaron Wendland; Yarran Hominh; Peter Adamson; Evelyn Brister; Lucia Ziglioli; David Edmonds; Jack Symes; Stephen Darwall; Helen De Cruz; Hannah Kim; Gwilym David Blunt; Leon Krings; Francesca Greco; Andy West; Brad Rappaport; Zoe Newton