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About the journal

The Richmond Journal of Philosophy (RJP) is produced by the philosophy department of Richmond upon Thames College in London. It was launched in 2002 with the aim of providing serious philosophy for students at an early stage in their philosophical studies. Articles are written by professional philosophers or advanced graduate students, and the content covers a wide range of philosophical questions, with an emphasis on classic philosophical themes and texts. In the winter of 2006 the journal moved from print to being available online.

The RJP editorial board gratefully acknowledges the continued support of Richmond-upon-Thames College in the running of the journal.

The Journal In The Press:


The Editorial Board

All members of the board teach in the philosophy department at Richmond-upon-Thames College.

Dr. Mat Carmody completed a BA in philosophy at Cambridge, before going on to study for a MPhil and PhD at King's College London. His areas of specialisation are philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, metaphysics and the history of analytic philosophy. He has published on the relationship between mind and language and on the problem of vagueness.
Dr Stephen Grant completed a BA in French and a MA in politics before moving into the study of philosophy, in which he completed a MPhil and PhD at King's College London. His areas of interest are ethics, political philosophy and the emotions, and he has published articles on the ontological argument and the problem of evil.
Dr Adrian Samuel is head of religious studies at Richmond upon Thames College. He completed a BA in philosophy at Essex and a MA at Warwick before returning to Essex to complete his PhD. His main interests lie in philosophy of religion, Nietzsche and continental philosophy. He is also training for the priesthood.
Dr Paul Sheehy is head of philosophy at Richmond upon Thames College. He completed a BA in history at Oxford before beginning his studies in philosophy, in which he studied for a MA and PhD at King's College London. His main interests are in philosophy of social science, metaphysics, and political and moral philosophy. In addition to a number of published articles, his first book, The Reality of Social Groupswas published in 2006 by Ashgate.


Consulting Editor

Paul Sperring was head of philosophy at Richmond upon Thames College from 1999 until 2006. He left the college in 2007 to take up a position at Brighton College. He completed a BA and MA in philosophy at Warwick, before studying for a MPhil at Birkbeck College London. His main areas of interest are philosophy of mind, metaphysics and Descartes. He has published on the mind body identity thesis, scepticism and Descartes.


Guidelines for Submissions

The RJP welcomes articles on all areas of philosophy, but has an emphasis on classic problems and texts. Articles should ideally be 3000 to 4000 words, and should be written as far as possible in a non-technical way. Where technical language is necessary, it should be clearly explained.

  • The article should be followed by a brief bibliography including recommendations for further reading. All articles are reviewed by the editorial board.

  • The journal does not publish reviews.

  • All submissions should be sent electronically as an attachment to rjp@rutc.ac.uk Articles should be written in Word, double-spaced, single-sided, font size 12. The font should be a conventional one such as Times New Roman or Arial.

  • All notes should be endnotes.

  • References to books should be in the form:

    • Quine, W.V.O., 1950, Methods of Logic (New York: Holt).

  • References to articles should be in the form:

    • Harman, G., 1983, "Human flourishing, ethics, and liberty", Philosophy and Public Affairs 12: 307-22.

  • References to articles in edited collections should be in the form:

    • Hursthouse, R., 1996, "Normative virtue ethics", in How Should One Live? Essays on the Virtues, ed. R. Crisp (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

The editorial board is of the view that anyone submitting an article for consideration is entitled to a prompt response, including reviewer comments. The board therefore aims to respond to all contributors with the decision regarding publication within four weeks of submission. This may take the form of a straightforward acceptance, an acceptance conditional upon changes recommended by the reviewers, or a rejection.

The RJP publishes around 30% of the articles submitted.

The RJP retains the option of reprinting published articles in later RJP publications. Authors may republish articles provided that they acknowledge that they were first printed in the RJP. Papers should only be submitted if the author is willing and able to be bound by the conditions set out in this paragraph.

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