Welcome to Dialexicon.

A platform for youth to engage in philosophy.

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


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.

How to Get Involved

Dialexicon Journal
Each year, we publish our own Dialexicon Journal. Read more about our past/current publications.
Dialexicon Podcast
Tune in weekly to our podcast with knowledgeable scholars about philosophy with a special focus on contemporary issues.
An Integrated Community
Join our Discord Community to join weekly discussions, lectures, and learning.

Listen to our Podcast

Dialexicon has a free podcast dedicated to promoting philosophical education and deep reflection. We invite philosophers from around the globe to discuss philosophy in the context of contemporary injustices – all at an easy-to-understand and digestible level. Weekly episodes on Monday.

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Had a fantastic time being interviewed by Saurish Srivastava for his awesome podcast Dialexicon (@dialexiconorg), a podcast aimed at philosophy for high schoolers and other students!
Dr. Ian Tully
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Center for Global Health Ethics @ Duquesne University


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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