2023 Res Philosophica Essay Prize

On the Work of Jürgen Habermas

Res Philosophica invites papers on the work of Jürgen Habermas for the 2023 Res Philosophica Essay Prize. The author of the winning paper will receive a prize of $3,000 and publication in the special issue of the journal on the same topic. Submissions for the prize will be automatically considered for publication in the journal's special issue. Accepted papers will be published alongside an invited paper by Habermas.

Guest Editor: William Rehg (Saint Louis University)
Deadline for Submission: August 1, 2023
Prize: $3,000


Over his long career as a philosopher, social theorist, and public intellectual, Jürgen Habermas has assembled an oeuvre of breathtaking scope. His writings have grappled with, inter alia, issues in critical social theory, ethics and legal-political philosophy, philosophy of language, action theory, philosophy of religion, and the history of philosophy. Those contributions have found uptake in a wide range of disciplines: besides areas of philosophy, he has influenced theology and the humanities, legal theory, the social sciences, communication theory—to name but a few.

We invite submissions that address any area of Habermas’s work. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Habermas’s appropriation of earlier thinkers such as Kant and Hegel
  • His analysis of social evolution, history as a learning process
  • Communicative action and discourse
  • His stance toward contemporary philosophical movements, such as feminism
  • Postmetaphysical thinking
  • His philosophy of religion
  • His critique of technocracy and scientism

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions will be triple anonymously reviewed: authors do not know the identity of the referees; referees do not know the identity of the authors; and editors do not know the identity of the authors. Please format your submission so that it is suitable for anonymous review. (Instructions are available
here.) We do not normally publish papers longer than 12,000 words long (including footnotes). Please use the online submission form for submitting your essay, available here. All submissions must be in English. We prefer submissions in Microsoft Word format. Papers may be submitted in any standard style, but authors of accepted papers will be required to edit their papers according to the journal’s style, which follows The Chicago Manual of Style (latest edition).