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We have been discussing the possibility of starting an online undergraduate philosophy journal. None of the details have been worked out, but the basic idea is for a small number of students, under the guidance of the faculty, to solicit undergraduate papers nationwide, run them through some kind of evaluation process, and load the selected papers onto an online journal, which will be run and maintained by our USU Library go-to person, Andy Wesolek.

The main benefit for doing this, apart from a bit of publicity, is that the process of evaluating other people’s attempts at philosophical work can be very instructive. One gains some critical and editorial skills that can then be turned back upon one’s own work. It also would be a bit of fun.

Any comments or thoughts about this? Anyone interested in helping out? Is anyone working on a paper, perhaps for an undergraduate conference, which could conceivably be submitted to the journal? Any ideas for a name for the journal?



  1. Mathias Fuelling says:

    Sounds great. Count me in. Perhaps the papers in the Hume reading group could be a good first batch. As for a name, I am partial to “Bildung” and “Ataraxia”


  2. Andy Wesolek says:

    I’m happy to see your quick enthusiasm, Mathias!

    All interested may also reach out to me with any tech-side questions (andrew[dot]wesolek[at]usu[dot]edu), and feel free to check out our existing journals here:


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