The Pluralist

Editor: Roger Ward


Current Volume: 18 (2023)
Issued three times per year (Spring, Summer, and Fall)
ISSN: 1930-7365
eISSN: 1944-6489


Official Journal of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

The Pluralist is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the ends of philosophical thought and dialogue in all widely used philosophical methodologies, including non-Western methods and those of traditional cultures. The journal upholds the Socratic dictum of self-knowledge and the love of wisdom as the purpose of philosophy. It seeks to express philosophical insights and concerns humanely and with an eye to literary as well as philosophical excellence, but technical papers are welcome. The Pluralist is a forum for discussion of diverse philosophical standpoints and pluralism's merits. The Pluralist considers high-quality submissions on any philosophical topic written from any philosophical perspective. Articles that defend some type of pluralism, apply a pluralistic perspective to contemporary issues, or take a critical stance against pluralism are encouraged.

The Pluralist is the official journal of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. In addition to research articles, The Pluralist also includes highlights from the SAAP annual meeting, Presidential addresses, Founders' addresses, and other Society-related information.


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Roger Ward
Philosophy Department
Georgetown College
400 East College Street
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Associate Editor
Sunny Williams
University of Texas at Dallas

Book Review Editor
Aaron P. Shepherd
Department of Philosophy
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Lowell, MA 01854

Editorial Board

  • Douglas Anderson, University of North Texas
  • Richard Beauchamp, Christopher Newport University
  • Richard J. Bernstein, New School University
  • Nancy Cartwright, University of California, San Diego and London School of Economics
  • John B. Cobb, Jr., Claremont Graduate University
  • Ralph D. Ellis, Clark Atlanta University
  • Nancy Frankenberry, Dartmouth College
  • Pete A. Y. Gunter, University of North Texas
  • Richard E. Hart, Bloomfield College
  • Hans Joas, University of Chicago & Universität Erfurt
  • Will Kymlicka, Queen’s University
  • John Lachs, Vanderbilt University
  • Lorraine Landry, Oklahoma State University
  • James McLachlan, Western Carolina University
  • Sandra D. Mitchell, University of Pittsburgh
  • Robert C. Neville, Boston University
  • Lucius Outlaw, Vanderbilt University
  • Richard Prust, St. Andrews Presbyterian College
  • Eric Reitan, Oklahoma State University
  • Nicholas Rescher, University of Pittsburgh
  • Michael Slote, University of Miami
  • Kenneth Stikkers, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Mark Timmons, University of Arizona
  • Donald Philip Verene, Emory University

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