Australasian Journal of Philosophy

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Australasian Journal of Philosophy  
AJP cover.jpg
Former names
The Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Australas. J. Philos.
Discipline Philosophy
Language English
Edited by Stephen Hetherington
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0004-8402 (print)
1471-6828 (web)
LCCN 36002661
OCLC no. 02923644

The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, first published in 1923,[1] and known as the Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy from 1923 until 1946, is Australasia's oldest double-blind peer-reviewed academic journal of philosophy, and "one of the oldest English-language philosophy journals in the world".[2]

In 1947, the name of the journal was changed from the Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy to the Australasian Journal of Philosophy in order to avoid any future confusion with the new Australian Journal of Psychology, the first issue of which was released in June 1949.[3]

It is published by Routledge on behalf of the Australasian Association of Philosophy; and, in 2007, was rated "A" in the European Reference Index in the Humanities. It is abstracted and indexed by, amongst others, the Arts and Humanities Citation Index.[4]

In addition to Articles and Discussion Notes, the journal publishes Book Reviews and Book Notes as well as occasional commissioned Critical Notices.

Publishing history[edit]

Continuously published since its foundation in 1923 — with all members of the Australasian Association of Psychology and Philosophy receiving copies of the journal free of charge as a perquisite of their membership (it was also available to non-members at a cost of three shillings an issue, or ten shillings a year)[5] — it was published quarterly (in March, June, September and December) from 1923 until 1937, and published three times a year from 1938 to 1978, except for the period from 1943 to 1947, when limited war-time supplies restricted the publication to only two issues a year.

It resumed its quarterly publication in 1979; and, ever since then, has appeared four times a year.

Publication of the Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy commenced in 1923, consequent upon its founding by the professors of philosophy and a couple of professors of psychology from universities in Australia and New Zealand.

As the name of the journal indicates, it was intended at the time to cover two disciplinary fields.
The founders explicitly acknowledged the difficulties they faced in emulating the specialised journals in existence in the U.K. and the U.S. because they considered their readership likely to be restricted by the size of Australasian universities and the limited range of their disciplinary offerings.
Accordingly, there was, for example, no thought of competing with the four leading philosophy journals that had been established late in the nineteenth century and around the turn of the twentieth century, viz., Mind and Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society in the U.K., and The Journal of Philosophy and The Philosophical Review in the U.S. …

Despite the thought that the founders clearly gave to how they envisaged the journal’s character, they were fearful that it might fall between two stools in targeting academics and their students from two distinct disciplines as well as the wider community.
Fortunately, their fears were not realised. The journal has not only survived but has thrived, and now occupies a distinguished place among the very professional philosophical journals its founders believed it could not hope to emulate. (Young, 2010)

The Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy, of which we have received the first number, encourages us to hope for a very interesting and useful publication. It is small enough to go into the pocket and the articles are short enough to be clear and to the point. (The Journal of Philosophy, 5 July 1923)[6]

Originally published by the Australasian Association of Psychology and Philosophy itself, and, later, the Australasian Association of Philosophy, Oxford University Press became its publisher in 1998, and continued to be such until 2004; and, since 2005, it has been published by Taylor and Francis under its Routledge imprint.


The following is a list of those who have served as the journal’s editor-in-chief, and their associated institutions:

        Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday, 14 October 1924.

Notable articles[edit]

Virtual Special Issue (2012)[edit]

Late in 2012, to celebrate the ninetieth volume of the Journal, the publishers of the journal (Taylor and Francis) released a Virtual Special Issue containing links to ten articles from past issues that had been personal chosen by the (then) editor Stewart Candlish:[7]

  • "Vagueness", by Bertrand Russell (1923).[8]
  • "Psycho-analysis and Æsthetics", by John Passmore (1936).[9]
  • "Mathematics and the World", by D.A.T. Gasking (1940).[10]
  • "Religious Discourse and Theological Discourse" by R.F. Holland (1956).[11]
  • "Definition by Internal Relation", by Judith Jarvis (1961).[12]
  • "Holes", by David Lewis and Stephanie Lewis (1970).[13]
  • "Guilt beyond Reasonable Doubt", by Barbara Davidson and Robert Pargetter (1987).[14]
  • "John Cage’s 4’33”: Is it music?", by Stephen Davies (1997).[15]
  • "Frege’s Judgement Stroke", by Nicholas J.J. Smith (2000).[16]
  • "Waitangi Tales", by Robert E. Goodin (2000).[17]

Most cited[edit]

Aside from those listed above, the publisher's website (and Google Scholar) indicate that, in addition to Russell's "Vagueness" the following AJP articles are amongst those "most cited":[18]

  • "Questions", by C.L. Hamblin (1958).[19]
  • "Is there a logic of scientific discovery?", by Norwood Russell Hanson (1960).[20]
  • "Conclusive reasons", by Fred Dretske (1971).[21]
  • "A causal theory of counterfactuals", by Frank Jackson (1977).[22]
  • "Substance substantiated", by C.B. Martin (1980).[23]
  • "Causal decision theory", by David Lewis (1981).[24]
  • "The nature of natural laws", by Chris Swoyer (1982).[25]
  • "New work for a theory of universals", by David Lewis (1983).[26]
  • "Putnam's paradox", by David Lewis (1984).[27]
  • "The teleological notion of 'function'", by Karen Neander (1991).[28]
  • "Deciding to trust, coming to believe", by Richard Holton (1994).[29]
  • "Dispositional essentialism", by Brian Ellis and Caroline Lierse (1994).[30]
  • "Elusive knowledge", by David Lewis (1996).[31]
  • "The Express Knowledge Account of Assertion", by John Turri (2011).[32]

AJP Best Paper Award[edit]

Ever since 2007, in conjunction with the Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis, the Australasian Association of Philosophy has awarded an annual prize of A$1,000 for the best paper published in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy in the previous year.[33]

The winners are listed below:[34]

  • 2006: "The Legacy of Linguisticism", by John Heil.[35]
  • 2007: "From Nihilism to Monism", by Jonathan Schaffer.[36]
  • 2008: "The Error in the Error Theory", by Stephen Finlay.[37]
  • 2009: "Giving Dualism its Due", by William Lycan.[38]
  • 2010: "Epistemic Two-Dimensionalism and the Epistemic Argument", by Jeff Speaks.[39]
  • 2011: "Assessment-Contextual Indexicals", by Josh Parsons.[40]
  • 2012: "What is touch?", by Matthew Ratcliffe.[41]
  • 2013: "Science’s Immunity to Moral Refutation", by Alex Barber.[42]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Philosophy",The Queenslander, (Saturday, 23 December 1922, p.3.
  2. ^ Young, 2010.
  3. ^ "Notes and News", The Journal of Philosophy, Vol.44, No.16 (31 July 1947), pp.446-448 (at p.447).
  4. ^ On 6 March 2014, at the Abstracting & Indexing section of Taylor & Francis Online, the publisher's website, stated that the following abstracting and indexing services covered the Australasian Journal of Philosophy: APAIS: Australian Public Affairs Information Service; Periodicals Index Online; Current Abstracts; Historical Abstracts; SCOPUS; Humanities International Index; International; Philosophical Bibliography/Repertoire Bibliographique de la Philosophie; OCLC (viz., Online Computer Library Center); Periodicals Index Online; Philosopher's Index; ProQuest Central; Thomson Reuters: Arts & Humanities Citation Index®, and Thomson Reuters: Current Contents/Arts & Humanities®.
  5. ^ "Journal of Psychology and Philosophy", Western Mail, (Thursday, 22 March 1923), p.39.
  6. ^ "Notes and News", The Journal of Philosophy, Vol.20, No.14, (5 July, 1923), pp.391-392.
  7. ^ Whilst Candlish's editorial statement (explaining the reasons behind his choices) and the list of articles he had selected are still available online, the special links to the various freely downloadable articles expired in January 2013.
  8. ^ Russell, Bertrand, Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy, Vol.1, No.2, (1923), pp.84-92. doi=10.1080/00048402308540623
  9. ^ Passmore, J.A., "Psycho-analysis and Æsthetics", Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy, Vol.14, Issue 2, (1936), pp.127-144. doi=10.1080/00048403608541071
  10. ^ Gasking, D.A.T., "Mathematics and the World", Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy, Vol.18, No.2, (1940), pp.97-116. doi=10.1080/00048404008541146
  11. ^ Holland, R.F., "Religious Discourse and Theological Discourse", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.34, No.3, (1956), pp.147-163. doi=10.1080/00048405685200161
  12. ^ Jarvis, J., "Definition by Internal Relation" , Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.39, No.2, (1961), pp.125-142.doi=10.1080/00048406112341121
  13. ^ Lewis, D. & Lewis, S., "Holes", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.48, No.2, (1970), pp.206-212.doi=10.1080/00048407012341181
  14. ^ Davidson, B. & Pargetter, R., "Guilt beyond Reasonable Doubt", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.65, No.2, (1987), pp.182-187. doi=10.1080/00048408712342861
  15. ^ Davies, S., "John Cage’s 4’33”: Is it music?", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.75, No.4, (1997), pp.448-462. doi=10.1080/00048409712348031
  16. ^ Smith, N.J.J., "Frege’s Judgement Stroke", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.78, No.2, (2000), pp.153-175.doi=10.1080/00048400012349451
  17. ^ Goodin. R.E., "Waitangi Tales", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.78, No.3, (2000), pp.309-333.doi=10.1080/00048400012349621
  18. ^ N.B. Although the publisher's website provides a list of the "Most Read Articles" and a list of the "Most Cited Articles", the lists only record activities within the last three years.
  19. ^ Hamblin, C.L, "Questions", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.36, No.3, (December 1958), pp.159-168. doi=10.1080/00048405885200211
  20. ^ Hanson , C.L, "Is there a logic of scientific discovery?", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.38, No.2, (August 1960), pp.91-106. doi=10.1080/00048405885200211
  21. ^ Dretske, F., "Conclusive reasons", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.49, No.1, (May 1971), pp.1-22. doi=10.1080/00048407112341001
  22. ^ Jackson, F., "A causal theory of counterfactuals", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.55, No.1, (May 1977), pp.3-21. doi=10.1080/00048407712341001
  23. ^ Martin, C.B., "Substance substantiated", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.58, No.1, (March 1980), pp.3-10. doi=10.1080/00048408012341001
  24. ^ Lewis, D., "Causal decision theory", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.59, No.1, (March 1981), pp.5-30. doi=10.1080/00048408112340011
  25. ^ Swoyer, C., "The nature of natural laws", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.60, No.3, (September 1982), pp.203-223. doi=10.1080/00048408212340641
  26. ^ Lewis, D., "New work for a theory of universals", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.61, No.4, (December1983), pp.343-377. doi=10.1080/00048408312341131
  27. ^ Lewis, D., "Putnam's paradox", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.74, No.4, (December 1996), pp.549-567. doi=10.1080/00048408412340013
  28. ^ Neander, K., "The teleological notion of 'function'", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.69, No.4, (December 1991), pp.454-468. doi=10.1080/00048409112344881
  29. ^ Holton, R., "Deciding to trust, coming to believe", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.72, No.1, (March 1994), pp.63-76. doi=10.1080/00048409412345881
  30. ^ Ellis, B & Lierse, C., "Dispositional essentialism", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.72, No.1, (March 1994), pp.27-45. doi=10.1080/00048409412345861
  31. ^ Lewis, D., "Elusive knowledge", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.74, No.4, (December 1996), pp.549-567. doi=10.1080/00048409612347521
  32. ^ Turri, J. "The Express Knowledge Account of Assertion", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.89, No.1, (March 2001), pp.37-45. doi=10.1080/00048401003660333
  33. ^ Taylor & Francis Online: AJP Best Paper Award.
  34. ^ Australasian Association of Philosophy: AJP Best Paper Award.
  35. ^ Heil, J., "The Legacy of Linguisticism", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.84, No.2, (June 2006), pp.233-244. doi=10.1080/00048400600759043
  36. ^ Schaffer, J., "From Nihilism to Monism", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.85, No.2, (June 2007), pp.175-191. doi=10.1080/00048400701343150
  37. ^ Finlay, S., "The Error in the Error Theory", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.86, No.3, (September 2008), pp.347-369.doi=10.1080/00048400802001921
  38. ^ Lycan, W., "'Giving Dualism its Due", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.87, No.4, (December 2009), pp.551-563. doi=10.1080/00048400802340642
  39. ^ Speaks, J., "Epistemic Two-Dimensionalism and the Epistemic Argument", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.88, No.1, (March 2010), pp.59-78. doi=10.1080/00048400802674727
  40. ^ Parsons, J., "Assessment-Contextual Indexicals", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.89, No.1, (March 2011) pp. 1–17. doi=10.1080/00048400903493530
  41. ^ Ratcliffe, M., "What is touch?", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.90, No.3, (September 2012), pp.413–432. doi=10.1080/00048402.2011.598173
  42. ^ Barber, A., "Science’s Immunity to Moral Refutation", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.91, No.4, (December 2013), pp.633-653. doi=10.1080/00048402.2013.768279


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