Call for Papers

The University of Chicago Undergraduate Philosophy Review (UCPR) is now accepting submissions for our Fall Issue.

With the ever-increasing pace of globalization, the world today is faced with a growing number of challenges to stability. From global security threats to environmental degradation, new problems are continuously arising which have never before been seen. Given the rapidity and scale of these very real challenges, philosophy can seem detached from actual concerns facing modern life. Despite this appearance, an essential element of our understanding of philosophy stems from its ability to address these sorts of concerns and sculpt the ways in which we approach these issues. Throughout history, political philosophy has played the vital role of revolutionizing our approach to the difficulties with which we were faced. For the University of Chicago’s Undergraduate Philosophy Review’s Fall Issue, we invite our fellow students to submit papers based on political philosophy that address the concerns which face us today, whether you take a philosophical approach toward a specific political problem or more general problems within political thought. We are seeking to publish articles which both strive to rigorously and creatively address these problems. We encourage submissions that approach classic political questions, as well as those which go so far as to reach outside of traditional philosophy in order to reimagine our approach to the political, challenging assumptions which may systemically engender racism and misogyny. UCPR continuously strives to maintain and expand a diversity of political affiliations and philosophical backgrounds on our board and we hope to attract a similarly multifaceted variety submissions. Your submission will be assessed on the basis of its merit as a piece of philosophical work, not on the basis of its conformity to either left leaning or right leaning intellectual spaces. Now more than ever, the limits of the political seem to be called under scrutiny, and as such we welcome any and all submissions, including but not limited to topics involving: critical race theory, feminism, Marxism, liberalism, conservatism, deconstruction, philosophy of media, libertarianism, anarchism, contractarianism, utilitarianism, human rights, theories of activism, micropolitics, Foucauldian analysis, democratic theory, Burkean conservatism, liberation theology, or objectivism.

Submissions should be a maximum of 10,000 words, minimum 3,000 (including footnotes). Please include an abstract of no more than 250 words, and a cover page with the following information:

  • Author name
  • College affiliation
  • Email address
  • Submission title
  • Word Count

Please note: The author’s name and any other identifying information should appear only on the cover page.

Submissions should use footnotes and Chicago-style citations. Articles submitted to The University of Chicago Undergraduate Philosophy Review should not be in simultaneous submission to other journals.

Please email submissions to in .doc(x) format by July 14th, 2017

For more information about the journal or questions regarding submission, check out our website at, or email the editors at