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Res Philosophica


Guest Editor: William Rehg, Saint Louis University
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2023

Res Philosophica invites papers on the work of Jürgen Habermas for the 2023 Res Philosophica Essay Prize. The author of the winning paper will receive a prize of $3,000 and publication in the special issue of the journal on the same topic. Submissions for the prize will be automatically considered for publication in the journal's special issue. Accepted papers will be published alongside an invited paper by Habermas.

Over his long career as a philosopher, social theorist, and public intellectual, Habermas has grappled with, inter alia, issues in critical social theory, ethics and legal-political philosophy, philosophy of language, action theory, philosophy of religion, and the history of philosophy. Those contributions have found uptake in a wide range of disciplines beyond philosophy, esp. in the social sciences and humanities.

We invite submissions that address any area of Habermas’s work. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Habermas’s appropriation of earlier thinkers such as Kant and Hegel
  • His analysis of social evolution, history as a learning process
  • Communicative action and discourse
  • His stance toward contemporary philosophical movements, such as feminism
  • Postmetaphysical thinking
  • His philosophy of religion
  • His critique of technocracy and scientism

Submissions will be triple anonymously reviewed. Please format your submission so that it is suitable for anonymous review. All submissions must be in English, and submitted anonymously through our website portal. We do not usually publish papers longer than 12,000 words.

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