The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Boston College

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. However, after publishing two more issues in 2013 and 2014 the journal’s continuity was threatened by a two-year administrative hiatus. In the fall of 2016 a dedicated group of undergraduates, following in the footsteps of the original founders, have committed to resurrecting the journal and looks forward to publishing in the spring of 2017. 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 the first three issues here online, and we look forward to continuing to publish the journal annually both online and in print.

Mission Statement

Dianoia fosters open philosophical discussion and writing among undergraduate students. The journal is committed to providing the opportunity for intellectual reflection which bridges the academic disciplines in pursuit of holistic understanding.

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.


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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.).

Dianoia Staff 2019-2020


Noah Valdez

Senior Managing Editor

Ethan Yates

Managing Editors

Weitao Liu

General Editors

Nicholas Arozarena
Nicholas Avallone
Jacob Browning
Kathryn Bryson
Carolyn Chang
Yang Cheng
Benjamin Dewhurst
Jessica Flores
Kenneth Goetz
Chloe Gucciardi
Lucy Hanson
Emily Haverstick
Gregory Kacergis

Qihui Liu
Yue Liu
Elizabeth LoPreiato
Julian Matos
Ryan McConnell
Alexandria Mullen
Jacob Schick
Michael Sisk
Andrew Thorburn
Alexander Turney
Maxwell Vogliano
Lauren White

Graduate Advisor

Peter Klapes

Faculty Advisor

Fr. Prof. Ron Tacelli, S.J.

Contact the Journal

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