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Many consider philosophy to be a boring discipline, full of unnecessary words and theories. This is unfortunate given the fact that philosophy has always been a practical discipline, that helps 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 things ‘good’? what makes people ‘happy’? how do we build a ‘just’ society? These questions are as relevant today as they were millennia ago.

We publish short argumentative articles and artwork that engages with philosophical ideas and has a clear message for readers to reflect 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 issues.

Email us if you would like to contribute: phlexiblephilosophy@gmail.com.

Submission Criteria

We work with all writers to ensure their work is of the highest calibre before it is published. It is crucial to have a clear idea of what you are arguing before you start writing – you should be able to state your line of argument in two to three lines. You can either pitch a piece straight away or an idea that you would like to develop with our editors.

  • All articles must have a clear line of argument and should engage with philosophical ideas. Try to outline this in the introduction and return to it in the conclusion. 
  • All articles must be under 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.
  • Write your article so that it fits into one of our categories. Mention the category you want to write for in your pitch to help our editors understand your idea.

Categories

All articles must 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. Please consult with out editors if you are unsure as to what category your piece will be best placed in.

Politics

Provide an observation or critique of 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. 

Religion

Engage with a religious or moral concept and examine the ways it remains relevant to individuals and society. You could consider the ways different faiths engage with concepts like human rights, for example, then examine how these understandings differ from one another.

Art

Interpret a piece of art, such as painting, novel or film, then explain why it is interesting or appealing. You could write about the way human nature is depicted in The Matrix, for example, and explain why this depiction has valuable insights.

History

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

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