Call for Proposals from ETHICS


In the four issues of Volume 125, starting with Vol. 125, no. 1 in October, 2014, Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy, will be celebrating its 125th anniversary by publishing a series of short retrospective essays, each looking back at a memorable—if perhaps unjustly forgotten—article from the journal’s past. Thanks to the generosity of the University of Chicago Press in expanding our page allotment for the anniversary year, Ethics will publish a small number of commissioned (and slightly longer) retrospective essays and up to ten additional submitted ones in each of the four issues of Volume 125. We hereby invite proposals for short (750-1,000-word) retrospective essays to appear in Vol. 125, no. 1, which will cover the journal’s first quarter century (Volumes 1-25). 


Each proposal should be prepared for anonymous review and should set out, on a single page (and in 300 words or less):


  • which article you propose to write about;
  • why this article is of interest to us today;
  • why this article is deserving of having attention called to it; and
  • what angle you propose to take on the article.


Starting on Sept. 1, 2013 and continuing until the close of business on Oct. 1, 2013, we will accept proposals for retrospective essays on articles that appeared in the first quarter-century of Ethics.  The editors are particularly eager to receive proposals to discuss essays that may not have been widely republished and that represent the diversity of authors and wide range of topics in the pages of Ethics.  A list of the articles on which essays have been commissioned is included below.


To submit a proposal regarding this first quarter-century, please use the Editorial Manager system at, selecting, as the “article type,” 125th QC1. Submitters will be informed by Nov. 15 whether their proposals were successful. Submitters of successful proposals will be asked to submit their essays, of between 750 and 1000 words, by January 1, 2014.

To facilitate browsing through the contents of our past issues, a searchable and re-orderable spreadsheet covering the first 100 years of articles in Ethics is available here.
Starting on Oct. 1, 2013 and continuing until the close of business on Nov. 1, 2013, we will accept proposal submissions pertaining to the journal’s second quarter-century (Volumes 26-50). For those submissions, please use article type 125th QC2, which will be available beginning Oct. 1, 2013.
The submission windows for the remaining quarter centuries will follow at three-month intervals.
Retrospective essays have been commissioned on the following articles from the journal’s first quarter-century:
Henry Sidgwick, “My Station and Its Duties,” vol. 4, no. 1
Bernard Bosanquet, “The Reality of the General Will,” vol. 4, no. 3
Hastings Rashdall, “The Ethics of Casuistry,” vol. 4, no. 4
Zona Vallance, “Women as Moral Beings,” vol. 12, no. 2
Bertrand Russell, “The Ethics of War,” vol. 25, no. 2 (and the ensuing exchange with Perry)