What are we about?

Many consider philosophy to be a boring discipline, full of unnecessary words and theories. This is unfortunate given the fact that philosophy was created to be a practical discipline, which helped one overcome the various struggles of life. 

Through reasoned discussion and critical reflection, ancient philosophers sought to tackle fundamental questions about our existence: what makes people ‘happy’? what makes things ‘good’? how do we build a ‘just’ society? These questions are as relevant today as they were millennia ago. 

Phlexible Philosophy is for all who are still interested in answering these fundamental questions. We publish short argumentative essays with a philosophical overarch, that have a clear message for readers to reflection on. 

Writers are encouraged to challenge commonly held beliefs and provide alternative points of view – through this dialectic we hope to arrive at unique and refreshing opinions on a range of issues.

Get in touch if you would like to write for us or have any other inquiries.

Interested in writing for us?

We publish short argumentative essays that engage with philosophical issues. We ask that work is written to fit into one of three categories: politics, art, or history. These categories are broad so that writers can choose a topic they are passionate about and are comfortable writing on. 

Politics

Provide an observation or criticism about a piece of policy or a political issue, then offer solutions or recommendations (this can have an international scope). You could criticise legislation enacted to manage the Covid-19 outbreak, for example, and outline an alternative approach. 

Art

Interpret a piece of art (broadly speaking), then explain why it is attractive or interesting (this can be a novel or film). You could write about the way human nature is presented in The Matrix, for example, and explain why this depiction has valuable insights.

History

Analyse a historical figure or text, then provide an observation or insight into why it is relevant or valuable (this can be ancient or contemporary history). You could write about an English monarch, for example, and describe how their reign has impacted society. 

Submission Criteria

If you are interested in writing something, drop us an email at phlexiblephilosophy@gmail.com. You can either pitch a piece straight away or an idea that you would like to develop into a piece. We work with all writers to ensure their work is of the highest caliber, so don’t worry if you haven’t got much experience writing philosophically. The most important thing is that you have a clear idea of what you are arguing – you should be able to state your line of argument in two to three lines. 

  • All work must have a clear line of argument, which runs through the piece. Try to outline this in the introduction and return to it in the conclusion. It helps to start by presenting a problem or question, then discussing that question, and using this discussion to bring you to a conclusion.
  • Keep the piece between 1,100 and 1,500 words – if you can make your point in less than great! Try to keep things concise, leaving out unnecessary words and phrases. 
  • Write in an informal style, so no need to reference (you can use hyperlinks). Try to keep things professional, however, and avoid silly or offensive language.