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Founded in 1922 by J. Souilhé, known for his work on Plato, Archives de philosophie participated in the public philosophical discussions of the new intellectual climate in the post-WWI (1914-1918) period. The founder had no intention of limiting the journal’s scope to the controversies of the time, but rather aspired to reflect on the foundations that defined it.

The events of WWII (1939-1945) forced the journal to suspend its publication. Then, in 1963, after a slow revival, the journal experienced a decisive period of reform under M. Régnier, who personally and considerably developed the journal’s international relations, notably with Germany, Great Britain, and Italy. Inspired by these encounters, he imagined the journal’s flexible form, which is still used today: thematic sections; articles selected in relation to the theme or in contrast to it; thirty years of regular and comprehensive publications (Medieval philosophy, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Hegel) combining contributions from researchers from diverse continents; and book reviews (with a large focus on the sciences).


Continuing this tradition, today we aim to work particularly with those who, in current philosophical research, express the concerns, interrogations, and expectations of our time. That is why Archives de philosophie is not a journal that is limited to a single subject, be it authors or periods in the history of philosophy, even if the journal has favored certain domains: ancient philosophy, the Cartesian moment, German idealism, English philosophy. To the contrary, we ensure that current research, including these fields, is connected to other theoretical research on metaphysics, epistemology, “post-modern” perspectives, and the political and moral questions of our time.

Editorial Policy

In addition to these traditional focus areas, we have become increasingly attentive to numerous movements of phenomenology, including hermeneutics, of course, and North American philosophy since its beginnings and throughout its scope. However, in current philosophical research, we place an ever greater importance on dialogue between philosophy and the humanities (sociology, psychoanalysis, history, but also language, semiotics, ethnography, biology, etc.). How does this dialogue influence the style and substance of philosophical reflection, and thus renew philosophical questioning and discern new patterns of reason and rationality? Similarly, to what extent does this dialogue lead the humanities to question the type of rationality at work with them?

To this end, we continue our editorial policy of producing thematic publications. Concretely, we place great trust in various managers in charge of these projects, a trust that is not strictly individual, but rather a trust in the collaboration between these managers and the journal’s editorial board. Inevitably, this teamwork often creates personal relationships that are inherently correlated to the quality and efficiency we endeavor to achieve in these projects. Furthermore, the editorial board, which meets regularly, plays a very active role in searching for material and subjects for our thematic sections. The articles received are submitted to scientific evaluation by members of our peer-review committee—or to further examination. Consequently, our journal plays an effectively active role in the philosophical arguments of our time, in all areas. We have remained true to the spirit of our tradition by introducing all types of intellectual thought while heeding the needs of our time.

Editorial Committee

Joël Biard, Isabelle Bochet, Jean-François Braunstein, Laurence Devillairs, Laurent Gallois (editor-in-chief), Bruno Karsenti, Sandra Laugier, Jérôme Laurent, Henri Laux, Pierre-François Moreau, Guy Petitdemange (consultant editor), Paul Valadier (director), Yves Charles Zarka.

Instructions for Authors

Archives de Philosophie only publishes previously unpublished French texts. In other words:

• texts submitted to Archives must not have been submitted to other journals or media for their eventual publication,

• the authors must provide a French version of the text, regardless of the language used for the original,

• by submitting the text, the author agrees to its electronic publication on the Archives de Philosophie website or that of one of the Archives’ partners.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically (by email attachment) in Word or RTF format. Articles containing characters not included in the Latin alphabet must include PDF or paper version. All articles must include a short abstracts (5-6 lines) in French and English, as well as a list of 4 or 5 keywords—in French and English—so the article can be indexed.

Manuscripts should include the author(s)’ contact information (full name, address, professional address, phone number and email address) and should indicate the number of characters (spaces included). Articles should not be more than 50,000 characters (spaces included).

Authors who provide an email address will be notified that their article has been received. Generally, the peer-review committee’s response is provided within three months. Texts not accepted for publication will not be returned.


Code of ethics

The Code of Ethics applicable to drafting committees and editorial boards of academic journals offered on, including Archives de Philosophie, is available on this page.

Other information

Print ISSN : 0003-9632
Online ISSN : 1769-681X
Publisher : Centre Sèvres

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