Questions is unique because it publishes the work of K-12 students interested in philosophical issues, including stories, essays, poems, photographs, and drawings. The journal also publishes articles by scholars and teachers, including lesson plans (which can contain descriptions/transcriptions of student responses), redefined or modified classic thought experiments, transcripts of philosophy discussions, book reviews, and more.

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Upcoming Issue:

Our upcoming issue # 17 theme is Aesthetic Inquiry and Beauty.
Ballet dancer
We invite contributions on a wide range of topics:

  • What is the nature of the artist, the status of an art object, the role of the performer and audience?
  • Is beauty only in the eye of the beholder?  Why or why not?
  • Can nature be viewed aesthetically and what does it mean to do this?
  • Is artistic talent a gift or can it be taught?
  • Can anything be art?
  • What is the relationship between beauty and ugliness?
  • Where is the authentic piece of music or theater?
  • Why are fakes not as valuable as originals?

For those unfamiliar with past issues, Questions features short articles, discussions, drawings, critiques, poetry, and other writings by philosophy students of all ages. The journal is published annually by the Philosophy Documentation Center. It is our goal to engage children in advanced philosophical thinking through related and common works of art.   All our issues are comprised of unsolicited submissions from educators and students, as well as the prize winning essays from PLATO contests.  As part of our anonymous review selection, we consider all submissions for correctness, accuracy and quality of thought for the writer’s age.


Questions is looking for a variety of content written by a various age groups in order to document different phases of philosophical inquiry.  Questions accepts the following forms of content:

  • Short Articles
  • Discussions
  • Drawings
  • Critiques
  • Poetry
  • Lesson Plans
  • Children’s Classroom Experiences/ Reactions to Philosophy
  • Book reviews
  • Other Thought Provoking Ideas


  1. While we are always accepting submissions, the deadline for each issue is April 30th.
  2. Send all submissions to:
  3. Written submissions should be sent in Word or Rich Text File formats (.doc/.docx or .rtf).
  4. Please cite and format scholarly articles according to the guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style; use endnotes rather than footnotes.
  5. Send images, whether photographs, drawings, paintings, etc., as uncompressed image files with at least a 300 dpi resolution.
  6. If you are a publisher and would like to send us a book to review, please mail the book to the address on our Contact Us page.

Images—whether photographs, drawings, paintings—should be sent as JPEGS (with at least 300 dpi resolution). Written submissions should be sent in Word or Rich Text File formats (as doc, docx, or .rtf). Scholarly articles should confirm to the Chicago Manual of Style for textual and citation manners; please use endnotes rather than footnotes.
Be sure to include contact information with your submissions. A copyright release is needed for publication. All submissions should go to

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