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Dianoia: the Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Boston College was founded in 2011 by three undergraduate philosophy students. The first issue of Dianoia, published in the spring of 2012, was by all standards a great success. With an editorial board of thirteen undergraduates and more than 70 submissions to review, the journal published seven well-written and thought-provoking essays. Dianoia is quite proud of the strength of the BC philosophy department, and we believe the quality of the department is eminently clear in the papers. We invite you to read this first issue here online, and we look forward to publishing the journal annually both online and in print.

Mission Statement

Dianoia fosters open philosophical discussion and writing among undergraduate students at BC. The journal provides a necessary venue for sharing creative, philosophy-based papers that bridge academic disciplines.

What does ‘dianoia’ mean?

The ancient Greek word ‘διανοια’ translates as ‘thought’ but connotes a discursive direction or search for a higher form of knowledge. We thus hope to direct philosophical discourse toward an intellectually rigorous level of thinking.

What sort of papers is Dianoia looking to publish?

Dianoia seeks to publish thoughtful, original, and creative essay-style papers on any philosophical idea or topic. Papers must be accessible to a general undergraduate audience. We do not have minimum or maximum page restriction – we encourage creativity and originality, thus the length of the paper is not our primary concern. We welcome your insightful and inspiring papers on philosophy and/or of any philosophic nature (topics may include but not limited to: bioethics, philosophy in literature, philosophy of economics, philosophical theology, philosophy of biology, business ethics, etc.).

Contact the Journal

If you have any questions or would like to submit your work for review, please contact the journal at

Dianoia Staff

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