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Australasian Journal of Philosophy

Australasian Journal of Philosophy
Edited byStephen Hetherington
Publication details
Former name(s)
The Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Australas. J. Philos.
ISSN0004-8402 (print)
1471-6828 (web)
OCLC no.02923644

The Australasian Journal of Philosophy is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal of philosophy and "one of the oldest English-language philosophy journals in the world".[1] It was established in 1923[2] as The Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy, obtaining its current title in 1947.[3]

It is published by Routledge on behalf of the Australasian Association of Philosophy. In 2007, it was rated "A" in the European Reference Index in the Humanities. It is abstracted and indexed by the Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Historical Abstracts, Scopus, Philosopher's Index, ProQuest databases, and Current Contents/Arts & Humanities.


Continuously published since its foundation in 1923 – with all members of the Australasian Association of Psychology and Philosophy receiving copies of the journal free of charge as a perquisite of their membership (it was also available to non-members at a cost of three shillings an issue, or ten shillings a year)[4] – it was published quarterly (in March, June, September and December) from 1923 until 1937, and triannually from 1938 to 1978, except for the period from 1943 to 1947, when limited war-time supplies restricted the publication to only two issues a year.

It resumed quarterly publication in 1979. Originally published by the Australasian Association of Psychology and Philosophy (later, Australasian Association of Philosophy) itself, it switched to Oxford University Press in 1998. Since 2005, the journal has been published by Routledge.[5]


The following persons have been editor-in-chief:

        Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday, 14 October 1924.

Notable articles

To celebrate the ninetieth volume of the journal, a "virtual special issue" was released in 2012, containing links to ten articles from past issues selected by then editor-in-chief Stewart Candlish.[6] According to the Web of Science, the following three articles have been cited most frequently (>150 times):

  • Lewis, David (1983). "New work for a theory of universals". Australasian Journal of Philosophy. 61 (4): 343–377. doi:10.1080/00048408312341131.
  • Lewis, David (1996). "Elusive knowledge". Australasian Journal of Philosophy. 74 (4): 549–567. doi:10.1080/00048409612347521.
  • Lewis, David (1984). "Putnam's paradox". Australasian Journal of Philosophy. 62 (3): 221–236. doi:10.1080/00048408412340013.

The most published authors were J.J.C. Smart, David Lewis and John Mackie, reflecting the generally analytic focus that the Journal has maintained since its early idealist days.[7]

Best Paper Award

Since 2007, an annual prize of A$1,000 is awarded for the best paper published in the journal in the previous year.[8]


  1. ^ Young, R., "Australasian Journal Of Philosophy" in A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand, Monash University Publishing, (Clayton), 2010.
  2. ^ "Philosophy",The Queenslander, (Saturday, 23 December 1922, p.3.)
  3. ^ "Notes and News", The Journal of Philosophy, Vol.44, No.16 (31 July 1947), pp.446–448 (at p.447).
  4. ^ "Journal of Psychology and Philosophy", Western Mail, (Thursday, 22 March 1923), p.39.
  5. ^ Candlish, Stewart, "The First Hundred Years of (The) Australasian Journal of Philosophy", Australasian Journal of Philosophy. doi:10.1080/00048402.2020.1871385
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Davies, Martin; Calma, Angelito (2019). "Australasian Journal of Philosophy 1947–2016: a retrospective using citation and social network analyses". Global Intellectual History. 4 (3): 181–203. doi:10.1080/23801883.2018.1478233. hdl:11343/230879. S2CID 155335658.
  8. ^ Taylor & Francis Online: AJP Best Paper Award Archived 29 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
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