Episteme is a student-run journal that aims to recognize and encourage excellence in undergraduate philosophy by providing examples of some of the best work currently being done in undergraduate philosophy programs. Episteme is published under the auspices of Denison University’s Department of Philosophy. Although we students have a faculty advisor, our advisor’s job is to let the students run the show but be there for periodic managerial consultation. The Editors and executive board recruit philosophy students to be readers and invest time into the organization. The students work to distribute copies of submissions, fill-out review sheets, attend periodic meetings to discuss the papers and year’s progress, and place the journal into our Publisher software.
Part club, part journal, Episteme offers Denison philosophy students the chance to encounter a variety of undergraduate philosophy writing. Over the course of the relatively long and thorough editorial process, members or the organization develop a greater understanding for what students can do well or do poorly in early-academic original philosophy. Moreover, members tend to introduce themselves to philosophers, topics, and schools they have not learned about yet. What is perhaps most significant about Episteme is that members get the chance to interact closely with fellow Denison philosophy students, which thereby creates a tight social and intellectual community, something that is a) not necessarily easy to come by even by the standards of higher education, and b) valuable in such an individual-oriented field for original creation. By all accounts, Episteme is both a great Denison tradition and a leading publication for undergraduate philosophy.