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The Dualist Journal

The Dualist Undergraduate Journal

The Dualist is a national undergraduate philosophy journal published by Stanford University undergraduates. Its purpose is to offer students from all universities an opportunity to participate in a normally inaccessible part of academic life -- the production and publication of papers for general philosophical readership. Established in 1992, The Dualist has since become the most renowned and prestigious undergraduate philosophy journal in the U.S., featuring thoughtful articles authored by undergraduates around the world.

Each year, The Dualist publishes quality undergraduate papers in philosophy.  The journal is distributed to philosophy departments across the nation, and archived copies of recent issues are also available online. 


Submission guidelines: 

  • Paper must be an undergraduate work. Recent graduates are welcome to submit their undergraduate paper. 
  • Paper must be at least 12 pages in length (can be double-spaced).
  • Author must submit two separate files (preferably in Word format).
    • One is a cover page with the author's name and contact information.
    • The other is the paper itself, without any of the author's identifying information.                                                                 
  • Completely cite all articles and books referenced. 
  • Paper must not have already been published

                  Postal Mail: 

                         The Dualist, Department of Philosophy 

                         Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Main Quad, Building 90 Stanford, CA 94305




When reviewing papers, we consider argumentation, writing style, and originality:

  1. Make sure a single focused thesis drives your paper, and take small clear steps towards this conclusion.  We encourage you to make a humble, manageable contribution to the philosophical dialogue at hand—strive for a balance between taking too much on your plate and not doing enough. 
  2. Have a logical structure and clear and precise use of vocabulary. If you are unsure about your paper's writing style, we encourage you to consult Jim Pryor's excellent guidelines:
  3. Motivate why the philosophical reader should care about your argument and follow up with solid points. It is a big advantage to be accessible and interesting to someone not well versed in the topic. Note that the originality criterion does not exclude interpretive or history-of-philosophy papers—we are excited about new interpretations and comparisons of historical texts.

Due to the large volume of submissions, we will only contact you if your paper has been selected as a finalist and again if your paper is selected for publication.


                                                                              We are no longer accepting submissions at this time.


The Dualist plans various undergraduate events.  If you are a student at Stanford and are interested in further involving yourself with The Dualist, please contact:

Graduate Students: Jonathan Ettel at and Nathan Hauthaler at

Undergraduate student: Phoua Kong at

Past publications: