Philosophical Inquiries is an Italian philosophical journal published in English. Its aim is to cover a wide range of philosophical questions of broad interest and belonging to diverse fields, such as epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, aesthetics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of law. It seeks to bring together international scholars committed to cutting edge research on pressing questions in those fields. The scholars who belong to the journal’s Editorial Board, Advisory Board, and Executive Board do not belong to what might be called a “school” nor do they privilege any exclusive philosophical style in their works. Over the years, they have shared concerns, and, on many occasions, have worked together on national and international research projects; and we believe that, as a scholarly group, they exemplify what a respectful scientific community should ideally look like and how it should cooperate. More importantly, those people all share the conviction that philosophical writing should be clear, precise, and well-argued, in order to help advancing debates rationally. We naturally welcome other or more innovative styles; but as we want to guarantee that the scientific communication will be efficient, so that opinions, ideas, and arguments can be exchanged and discussed fruitfully, we recommend submitting contributions that avoid any philosophical jargon that cannot be easily accessed by scholars who are unfamiliar with it. We also suggest avoiding analyses concerning questions exclusively internal to a tradition or to an author. Historical and philological contributions should be submitted only to the extent that they help to clarify, conceptually or “genealogically,” a philosophical question that is alive in contemporary philosophical debates.
Needless to say, the submission system in use on this website and thus the double-blind peer-review process do not apply to the present first issue of the journal, which includes invited papers only. Prof. John Armstrong, Prof. Anthony Kenny, Prof. Joseph Margolis, in addition to all the participants in the Focus section, are warmly acknowledged for contributing to launch Philosophical Inquiries.