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Cités is a quarterly journal that examines major changes in modern-day societies from a philosophical viewpoint. The journal’s intellectual ambition is to combine the real to the realm of the possible. By returning to reality, we endeavor to describe and analyze social, political, and economic events in all their depth. Such intellectual work can be delicate in areas that are not generally studied by philosophers. By opening to the possible, we add a critical dimension by using analysis and evaluation to breach the rigidity of reality, thus creating gaps that provide access to representations of the possible.

The journal is structured around a central theme accompanied by several regular features: interview, debate, an outstanding article (this feature generally welcomes unpublished texts by important authors: Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, Leo Strauss, Levinas, Habermas, etc.), political lexicon, analysis of political speech, profiles of contemporary political thinkers, portraits of foreign cities or countries, and surveys of current literature.

Beyond current economic situations, the journal focuses on fundamental concepts that have been put into question or profoundly restructured by contemporary evolutions: power, the state, authority, empire, nation, law, knowledge, identity, happiness, art, the body, war. The journal is attentive to current intellectual debates, as well as cultural and editorial news. The journal has previously examined the following topics: the impact of technological development, the end of work, the authority crisis, the entertainment explosion, the role of intellectuals, the destiny of movements like utilitarianism and feminism, democracy in the face of religion, the body and sexuality, contemporary art, conflicts of identity, figures of Europe, the new international order, transformations of war. In addition to these themes, issues have been dedicated more specifically to authors that have modified how we view reality (Foucault, Lacan, Sartre, Levinas, Derrida, Ricoeur), as well as to cities, regions or countries (Quebec, Japan, the city of Sarajevo).

Since its creation in January, 2000, Cités has endeavored to fulfill the public’s real expectations through analyses of the contemporary world at the crossroads of socio-political current events and philosophical reflection.

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Editorial Board:

Journal Director: Yves Charles ZARKA

Board of Directors: Didier DELEULE, Franck LESSAY

Editors in Chief: Christian Godin and Jacques de Saint-Victor

Assistant Editors in Chief: Marie-Anne Lescourret

Editorial Secretary: Guillaume Cazeaux


Code of conduct

Code of ethics

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

Other information

Print ISSN : 1299-5495
Online ISSN : 1969-6876
Publisher : P.U.F.

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