The Curiosity Manifold always accepts open submissions on any philosophically oriented topic.

The Curiosity Manifold is currently seeking submissions for the first quarter of 2020 on the following topics:

  • Thoughts or wonderings from experience
  • Technology 
  • Identity – who am I? Who are you?
  • Meaning and living a good life
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • The nature of reality – why are we here? Is any of this real?

Submission Parameters for The Curiosity Manifold

The Curiosity Manifold seeks to publish articles written to be approachable yet academic and concern themselves with philosophical issues. Hesitant or waffling contributors should be encouraged that almost anything can be philosophical.

If interested in submitting, please follow this link The Curiosity Manifold Submission Form

You will receive a reply by email within 7 days.

  • The topic of the article must be philosophical in nature.
  • Contributors must be between the ages of 18 – 28 years old and a high school graduate.
  • Articles can be no less than 700 or no more than 1500 words in length.
  • For any statistics referenced in the article, the author must provide citations from reasonable sources.
  • Any quotes or paraphrasing of a past or present person will require, at minimum, a nod to the source. A book title is generally acceptable. For example, “In his book The Republic, Plato says….”

Editor’s responsibilities

  • Provide appropriate photos for the article.
  • Make suggestions to the author about the submitted article.
  • Make small, cosmetic changes/correct typos, etc. to the article on behalf of the author. This level of editing will not alter the content of the article in any way.
  • Format and publish the article.
  • Credit and celebrate the author.

Articles post once a week on Wednesdays.

Guidance, if Needed

Contributing authors do not have to be the next Kierkegaard or Nietzsche! If interested in submitting, first have a look at the website and see what we publish; there is quite a range of topics and styles.

The focus of what you write might come from:

-An experience you had that prompted you to think philosophically.

  • Ex. Overwhelmed by a natural wonder.
  • Ex. Feeling alone in a crowded place.
  • Ex. Moved by a piece of music.

-A quote, book, movie, billboard, anything that prompted you to think philosophically or an idea you would like to explore further.

  • Ex. What does Leibniz mean by “The real mystery is not that things are the way they are, but that there is something rather than nothing.”?
  • Ex. What does Meursault in Camus’s The Stranger mean by “I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.”?
  • Ex. I saw a church billboard that said, “We can’t separate who we are from what we do.”

-A philosophical question you might have.

  • Ex. How do we know?  What is truth? How are scientific claims justified?  Are we naturally good or evil? Are we responsible for our actions?  How do human minds and bodies interact? Do people have free will? What is justice? Etc. (Source: Stanford Philosophy Department Website)

-Paradoxes and definitions are usually rich topics.

  • Ex. How can one love and hate something at the same time?
  • Ex. What is meant by “God is love”?
  • Ex. What is a friend?
  • Ex. Is theTrue the same as the Truth?

-About philosophy itself.

  • Ex. What is philosophy?
  • Ex. Why is philosophy important?

Basically, philosophy is asking good questions and wrestling with them. Don’t feel like you have to be a sage that has the answers to the big questions. It’s the questions themselves and the attempt of answering them that matter.

Thank you for your interest.

Derek Parsons – Editor and publisher