Welcome to Dialexicon.

A platform for youth to engage in philosophy.

Dialexicon = dialectic (Hegel/Plato: 'philosophical discourse') + lexicon ('language')

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What is Dialexicon?

Dialexicon is a platform for youth to learn, discuss, and contribute to philosophy thought and writing. At the heart of the platform is our philosophy journal, Dialexicon, which publishes exceptional philosophical essays written by the youth.

"The unexamined life is not worth living." – Socrates

For youth, the above quote rings true more than ever. Dialexicon provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore life's biggest questions, from the existence of a deity to the meaning of life or the ethics of mandatory lockdowns.

FAQ

Here are some quick answers to frequently asked questions.

Who can submit to Dialexicon?

High school students from around the world are eligible to submit to Dialexicon for an opportunity to have their philosophical essay published in a professionally adjudicated journal.

When will I be notified about the results?

We will notify those whose papers are selected for publication in the journal by March.

Can I use the first person?

Of course. Philosophers often use the first person when mapping out their argument. This is not to say that the essay should be informal; it should be formal – this means no contractions!

Do I have to answer all of the questions in the prompt?

No. The questions serve as pointers to help you consider the philosophical implications of each topic, but you do not need to answer all of them. Feel free to create your own question so long as it is relevant to the prompt.

How does the submission process work?

Your paper will undergo multiple rounds of blind review, where it will be evaluated by at least two different adjudicators.

Who will be adjudicating my paper?

A panel of university philosophy faculty, graduate students, and international debate coaches will be adjudicating your submission to determine if it fulfills the criteria for acceptance into the journal. For the criteria, refer to the rubric.

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"Participating in the discussions hosted by Dialexicon, as well as engaging within their journal, has given me the opportunity to reflect on social issues (starting with education) in my life. Dialexicon's community has helped me grow as an individual, but also as a member of society."
Lavanya Girish

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