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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Submit to the Upcoming Issue:

Our upcoming issue # 18 theme is Truth and Knowledge.

We invite contributions on a wide range of topics:

  • Is truth possible?
  • Are there degrees of truth and if yes, what does that mean?
  • How do we know? What can we know?
  • How does opinion differ from belief and from knowledge?
  • What role does authority or expert status play in claims to knowledge?
  • What does truth mean in: art, science, religion, everyday life, etc?
  • What is an idea, a perception, a concept?
  • Does truth matter?
  • If there is no truth, how do we determine what to believe?
  • Where is the truth in reflection?


Philosophical Inspirations to Consider:

  • Rene Descartes’ challenge: is everything a dream?
  • David Hume’s challenge: how are ideas related?
  • Plato’s challenge: how are abstract ideas true while perceptions are not?
  • Wittgenstein’s challenge: how does language work to mirror the world?
  • Merleau-Ponty’s challenge: how does perception construct truths?


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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