Purpose Statement

Quaestiones Disputatae is a journal of philosophy inspired by the medieval dialectical form of the “disputed question:” a method of philosophical discussion aimed at addressing the relevant issues of the time. Sponsored by the graduate philosophy department at Franciscan University of Steubenville, this journal addresses significant questions and topics of contemporary philosophic interest in the spirit of the medieval quaestiones disputatae. Recognizing that significant philosophical contributions are found among philosophers of various backgrounds and outlooks, the journal is, therefore, not limited to a particular period of philosophy, nor is it representative of a specific philosophic school or point of view.

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Each issue will have a special theme. An issue may focus on a topic in a particular area of philosophy, such as logic, philosophy of science, political philosophy, or aesthetics; on the work of a significant philosopher such as Proclus, Duns Scotus, or Husserl; on the examination and study of an important text of philosophy such as the Enneads of Plotinus, or Formalism in Ethics and Non-Formal Ethics of Values by Max Scheler; or on the valuable contributions of a particular philosophical school or movement such as Cambridge Platonism, Scottish Realism, or Paduan Aristotelianism.

Quaestiones Disputatae aims then at a genuinephilosophia perennisthat respects the tradition of philosophy but also recognizes philosophy to be a dynamic and progressive discipline, one that is more than its history. In this way, it can be a forum for philosophers to discuss and share their work, and to participate.

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Subscriptions and single-issue purchases of Quaestiones Disputatae are managed by Catholic University of America Press. Both the print and electronic versions of Quaestiones Disputatae are available for individual or institutional purchase, either by the single issue or via subscription.

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Editorial Board

Dr. Alex Plato

Professor of Philosophy

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Board of Advisors
  • John Deely
    University of St. Thomas, Houston
  • Alfred Fredosso
    University of Notre Dame
  • Robert P. George
    Princeton University
  • Stephen Gersh
    University of Notre Dame
  • Christina M. Gschwandtner
    University of Scranton
  • Siobhan Nash-Marshall
    Manhattanville College
  • Timothy Noone
    Catholic University of America
  • Giorgio E. Pini
    Fordham University
  • Nicholas Rescher
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Linda Zagzebski
    University of Oklahoma
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