Philosophers' Imprint

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Philosophers' Imprint  
Discipline Philosophy
Language English
Edited by Andrew Arana, et al.
Publication details
Publication history
Michigan Publishing (U.S.)
Frequency Irregular
License CC-BY-NC-ND
Standard abbreviations
Philos.' Impr.
ISSN 1533-628X
LCCN 2001-212257
OCLC no. 45826937

Philosophers' Imprint is a refereed philosophy journal.

The journal was launched by University of Michigan Philosophy professors Stephen Darwall (now at Yale University) and J. David Velleman (now at New York University). In 2000, Darwall and Velleman approached Michigan's librarians with the goal of starting a small revolution in academic philosophy publishing. They hoped that publishing philosophical research online could significantly reduce the amount of time between submission and publication from what was then typical in professional journals.[1] The university's librarians, incentivized by the rising costs of subscribing to academic journals, in turn drew on their expertise in managing digital content to collaborate with the editors to produce a journal from within the library, calling the resulting operation The Scholarly Publishing Office.[2] The editors of Philosophers' Imprint recognized that by publishing an academic journal online, they could also make research available to everyone with internet access, “including students and teachers in developing countries, as well as members of the general public.”[3]

Originally edited by Darwall and Vellemean, Philosophers' Imprint is now co-edited by a team of thirteen philosophers, advised by an international editorial board.[4] The journal ranked in the top ten of all general philosophy journals in a unscientific poll of philosophers conducted in 2012.[5]

Notable articles[edit]

The following is a partial (in both senses) list of some of the most notable articles in the Imprint (in date order):[according to whom?]

  • "The Question of Realism" (2001) - Kit Fine
  • "Normativity, Commitment, and Instrumental Reason" (2001) - R. Jay Wallace
  • "Do Demonstratives Have Senses?" (2002) - Richard G. Heck
  • "Thoroughly Modern McTaggart" (2002) - John Earman
  • "The Role of Perception in Demonstrative Reference" (2002) - Susanna Siegel
  • "Getting Told and Being Believed" (2005) - Richard Moran


  1. ^ Bonn, Maria (2017). "Editor's Note". The Journal of Electronic Publishing. 20 (1). doi:10.3998/3336451.0020.100.
  2. ^ Hawkins, Kevin S. (2012). "Promoting Diversity and Sustainability in the Scholarly Publishing Ecosystem: The University of Michigan's MPublishing Redefines the Role of Libraries in Publishing". Educational Technology. 52 (6): 8–10.
  3. ^ Ludlow, Peter (February 25, 2013). "Aaron Swartz Was Right". The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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  5. ^ Huber, Franz; Weisberg, Jonathan (2014). "Introducing Ergo". Ergo. 1. doi:10.3998/ergo.12405314.0001.000.

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