Eastern Michigan University
College of Arts and Sciences
History and Philosophy Department
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Acta Cogitata

Eastern Michigan University now hosts Acta Cogitata, an undergraduate journal in philosophy!

The journal's homepage is here.

The journal will be published once a year, in October.  It features peer reviewed articles, authored by philosophers working on their undergraduate degree in philosophy (see below).  The journal also publishes several of the best papers from Eastern Michigan University's Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy.

The journal accepts submissions year round (see below for submission requirements) at ActaCogitata@gmail.com.

Submission Requirements

  1. All submissions must be set for blind review; remove all identifying marks from all but the title page.
  2. All submissions should be in a standard 11 or 12 point font, double spaced, with one inch margins.
  3. All submissions must include a 200 - 400 word abstract.
  4. All submissions should be page numbered, excluding the title page and works cited page.
  5. All submissions should use an accepted style for citations.
  6. No submission should be longer than 4000 words.
  7. A standard footnote (not endnote) style should be used throughout the paper.
  8. Title pages should include the author's name, college or university, and year in school.
  9. All title pages should include the following statement (and it should be true), "I (the author of this paper) represent that this is my own novel work, I am working on (or have recently completed) an undergraduate degree (with a major or minor in philosophy) and am not enrolled in, nor have I ever been enrolled in, a graduate program in philosophy."

Questions regarding Acta Cogitata and/or the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy can be sent to the journal's email address (ActaCogitata@gmail.com) or to Professor W. John Koolage at wkoolage@emich.edu.


Editor's Note from Issue I

It is with great pleasure that I bring you the first issue of our undergraduate journal, Acta Cogitata.

In the vast and ever increasing sprawl of the marketplace of ideas, it is sometimes difficult to find an appropriate home for one's ideas, voice, questions, and thoughts. This journal is a new vaulting point for some of the best and brightest ideas from the ground floor of professional philosophy. An idea's greatness is not determined by its point of origin, but rather the attention it garners in the public domain and, one hopes, its proximity to the truth. It is my sincere belief that students of philosophy, regardless of their institutional accolades, will find this journal's offerings both interesting and thought-provoking. It is also my great hope that our authors will continue these projects, now with access to readers – readers who can help shape the future of these interesting projects and bring new thoughts, new ideas, and new questions to bear on these matters.

Publication marks an author's work as a noteworthy contribution to a discussion, and publication rewards the efforts of those who take seriously adding their voice to the many who struggle with difficult and interesting ideas on a daily basis. I am extremely pleased that our inaugural authors have chosen to share their outstanding work with this journal and that in return this publication is able to recognize their efforts.

After this first issue, I fully expect the number of articles we can publish to grow. The journal's inaugural authors have set a high bar, but I know there are a great number of undergraduate authors out there with ideas and thoughts to share. It is a joy to think of the many terrific papers that should find their way to Acta Cogitata over the years to come.


Dr. W. John Koolage


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