Journal of the History of Philosophy

Tad Schmalz, editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy, requested that we post the following letter to encourage scholars in ancient philosophy to submit to the JHP.

Dear colleague:

I write in my role as Editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy to draw the attention of scholars and students of ancient philosophy (including the philosophy of late antiquity) to JHP. The Journal has an established tradition of publishing excellent peer-reviewed articles, notes, reviews and discussions across the breadth of the Western philosophical tradition. This work has included seminal articles on ancient philosophy. Though there are of course several reputable journals that specialize in ancient philosophy, publication in JHP allows authors to reach not only specialists but also a more general audience that includes those who do not work primarily in this area but who find scholarship on ancient thought to be valuable.

Recent JHP articles on ancient philosophy include:

  • Christine Thomas, “Inquiry Without Names in Plato’s Cratylus
  • Richard Foley, “Plato’s Undividable Line: Contradiction and Method in Republic VI”
  • Hye-Kyung Kim, “Metaphysics H 6 and the Problem of Unity”
  • Jean De Groot, “Dunamis and the Science of Mechanics: Aristotle on Animal Motion”
  • Mark L. McPherran, “Socratic Epagôgê and Socratic Induction”
  • Miriam Byrd, “The Summoner Approach: A New Method of Plato Interpretation”
  • Thornton Lockwood, “Is Natural Slavery Beneficial?”
  • Glenn Rawson, “Platonic Recollection and Mental Pregnancy”
  • Pauliina Remes, “Plotinus’s Ethics of Disinterested Interest”
  • Lloyd P. Gerson, “What is Platonism?”

JHP also has a special Current Scholarship series, which comprises invited critical reviews by senior scholars of the recent literature on various figures or topics in the history of philosophy. Recent and forthcoming contributions to this series that pertain to ancient philosophy include:

  • Mary Louise Gill, “Aristotle’s Metaphysics Reconsidered” (July 2005)
  • Jan Opsomer on Late Ancient Philosophy (forthcoming)
  • Patricia Curd on Presocratic Philosophy (forthcoming)
  • Francesco Fronterotta on Plato’s Republic (forthcoming)

The Journal prides itself on a quick turn-around from submission to decision; in 2007–08, the average time between initial submission and final decision for manuscripts reviewed externally was just 68 days. The average time between final acceptance and publication is now approximately one year. For further information about JHP, please visit our online site at

I hope that you and your students will keep JHP in mind when considering an apropriate venue for your articles on ancient philosophy.  Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions concerning the Journal.


Tad M. Schmaltz

Editor, Journal of the History of Philosophy