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Kinesis: A Journal in Philosophy

Our Purpose:

Kinesis, founded in 1968, is a peer-reviewed journal in philosophy that welcomes submissions from graduate students and professionals. Our journal is supported by the Department of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. We are unique in that our journal is managed and operated by graduate students. Our review board comprises graduate students as well as those who have recently received their doctorates.

In the past, Kinesis only published the work of graduate students. However, with the proliferation of professional journals, it is common to see the work of graduate students published alongside of seasoned professionals. We have thus adapted our policies in order to better accommodate the current academic environment. Moreover, we are responding to a growing need in our field: more outlets are needed for scholarship in American Philosophy (i.e. American Transcendentalism, the Classical Pragmatists, and Neo-Pragmatists), Asian Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, and Phenomenology.

Our readership is international, and our journal can be found in libraries and philosophy departments on several continents. Because our journal has been generously supported by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, we can continue to publish articles that are vital to our field, exploring new spaces and creating new possibilities. Now approaching its fiftieth year, Kinesis is proud to continue to serve the philosophical community.


Please support our journal. We take every measure to make our journal affordable to all who are interested. As of 2016, single hard copies of Kinesis may be purchased for $10.00, and annual subscriptions may be purchased for $20.00. If your institution is interested in subscribing, annual subscriptions can be acquired through EBSCO. Individual issues and yearly subscriptions can also be acquired by making a check out to Kinesis, Dept. of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. The checks can be mailed to the address below (and please be sure to indicate where you want the issues to be sent):

Kinesis - Department of Philosophy
Faner Hall - MC 4505
Southern Illinois University
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

All inquiries should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief:

Information for Prospective Contributors:

If you are interested in submitting an article to our journal, or if you want to join our review board, please email the Editor-in-Chief at We only accept original material that has not been published elsewhere. Please do not submit work that is under review by another journal. Our review board will do their best to give you a response in a timely manner. 

Our current editorial board is best equipped to evaluate submissions in American Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, and Phenomenology. With this said, we accept submissions in any area of philosophy and encourage dialogue between specialty fields. We also encourage the submission of book reviews.

Submitted articles should adhere to the following guidelines:

 1. Articles should be prepared for anonymous review. All references that may reveal the identity of the author(s) should be removed. Your name and academic credentials should be supplied in the body of the email.

 2. Articles should be submitted in a doc. or docx. format.

 3. Articles should roughly conform to Chicago Style citation, using footnotes. A bibliography may be omitted if all publication information is included in footnotes.

 4. The length of articles should be between 4,000 and 7,500 words. This is a loose guideline, and exceptions certainly can be made in specific cases.

 5. Papers can be submitted in single-space or double-space paragraph style. Block quotations should, however, be single-space.

 6. Please use a minimal amount of automatic formatting. In general, formatting should be limited to footnotes, italicization, and page numbering.

 7. Please only use a single space after periods.

 For any questions regarding these requirements, please email the Editor-in-Chief.