Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy         

Editorial Board:

Dr. Stephen Thornton (Editor), Head, Department of Philosophy, MIC, University of Limerick, Ireland.


Dr. Eugene O'Brien, Head, Department of English Language & Literature, MIC, University of Limerick, Ireland.


Dr. Costica Bradatan, Honors College, Humanities, Texas Tech University, Texas, USA.


Dr. Jones Irwin, Department of Education, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland.


Dr. Shaun Young, Department of Political Science, McLaughlin College, York University, Toronto, Canada.


Minerva is a refereed electronic journal of philosophy. It is published annually and is available on an open-access basis on the Internet. The journal publishes articles relating to philosophy construed in a broad but scholarly sense, without preference for any particular school or intellectual tradition. Each volume will appear in the month of November. As an electronic journal, Minerva provides swift publication and distribution, while reaction to published articles can be garnered with equal speed. It is intended that the journal will foster debate by publishing considered replies to certain articles and providing a forum for scholarly discourse.

Articles should be submitted (in Word or RTF format) by e-mail to
Dr. Stephen Thornton, or by surface post on diskette only, to:

Dr. Stephen Thornton,
Department of Philosophy
Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick),
South Circular Road,

Manuscripts should be anonymised for blind refereeing, and contributors are asked to number all pages. Submissions are judged exclusively on their philosophical merits. The decision of the editorial board on the acceptability of any submitted article is final, and correspondence will be not be entered into in relation to any submission which is not accepted for publication in the Journal.

Please include:

  • The proposed Title of the Paper.
  • The Author's name, qualifications and affiliations (if any).
  • The Author's full postal and email addresses.
  • An Abstract of 100-300 words.


The Harvard style of referencing should be used.

The number of footnotes should be limited as much as possible, but a small number may be retained if necessary for essential parenthetical comments.

If there is more than one reference per year from an author, these should be distinguished with letters after the year, e.g. 1995a, 1995b.

A complete reference list must be supplied at the end of the paper. Please list in alphabetical order of first author's surname and initials. Book and journal titles should be given in full.

Featured articles and all other materials, unless otherwise indicated, are the copyright of the Journal, under the terms of the Copyright Act 1963. All rights are reserved, but fair and good faith use with full attribution may be made of all contents for educational or scholarly purposes.


The Editor wishes to acknowledge the professional assistance of the following in the production of volume 11 of Minerva:

Orla Slattery MA, Department of Philosophy, MIC, University of Limerick, Ireland.


Treasa Campbell MA, Department of Philosophy, MIC, University of Limerick, Ireland.


Dr. Steven Bond, Department of Philosophy, MIC, University of Limerick, Ireland.



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