CFP for 2021 Conference/Journal

Prometheus is a national undergraduate philosophy journal published by students at Johns Hopkins University. The purpose of the journal is to promote the philosophical discourse of the highest standard by offering students an opportunity to engage in open discussion, to participate in an academic conference and in the production and publication of an academic journal, and to establish a community of aspiring philosophers.

This year, Prometheus will be accepting submissions for its online journal through January 29th, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern Time, with decisions to be expected by early March, and publication occurring the following fall. Individuals may submit multiple pieces to Prometheus. 

Each spring, Prometheus also hosts a conference at Johns Hopkins University for undergraduates from around the world to share their research. This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, April 10th, 2021. We are currently monitoring the status of the pandemic and will decide whether to host the conference online or on-campus in Baltimore, MD by mid-to-late February. We have decided to hold the conference online.

All submissions will be automatically considered for acceptance to the conference as well as to the journal. We are looking for papers exhibiting clarity, accessibility, soundness, and novelty of argument, which may draw from any philosophical tradition or methodology. We strongly encourage submissions from women and the members of underrepresented groups. 

Please make sure to follow all of the directions stated below if you are interested in submitting one of your philosophy papers to Prometheus.

Essay Submission

Deadline: Friday, January 29th, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Prometheus accepts undergraduate papers on all philosophical topics. Essays written for classes, honors theses, and independent work are welcome. Multiple submissions are allowed. The submission should be authored by a single person and not by multiple people.

Please make sure to read and follow all the submission requirements. We cannot guarantee your paper will be read if you fail to follow all the requirements:

1. You must be an undergraduate or a graduating senior.

2. Submissions should be written in English, 12-point font, should be double-spaced, and should not exceed 6,000 words. The word limit does not include the footnote or the reference. Submissions must have proper citations in MLA format. Essays must be the original work of the author.

3. Submit an electronic copy of your essay to in either .doc or .docx format. If your paper relies on figures, images, or any similar media, please send all such files as their own attachments, not simply embedded in the document.

4. Please include a short (100-200 words) abstract at the beginning of your paper.

5. To enable blind review, the author’s name and other identifying information should not be included in the paper.

6. In a separate document, please include a cover page with the following information:

a. Name

b. Name of the institution you are attending

c. Major or degree

d. Year of expected graduation

e. Email address

f. Phone number

For any other inquiries about submission or the publication status of your essay, please email us at Thank you and we look forward to reading your papers.

2020 Prometheus Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Prometheus is holding an online conference for the presenters whose papers were accepted last semester to present for Prometheus on October 3rd, 2020 10AM – 4:30PM EST. The authors of 6 papers published online will be giving talks about their paper and accepting questions from the audience. It will be a fun philosophical time, so we hope we can see you there!

The details of the event can be found here:

Prometheus Undergraduate Philosophy Journal 2020

The long-awaited Prometheus Undergrad Philosophy Journal is finally here! We have six excellent papers from students attending universities from the US and the UK. We are excited to publish the 2020 issue of Prometheus.

The Table of Contents:

The Undemandingness of Progressive Consequentialism, Joseph Philip Flanagan.
The University of Bristol. pp. 1 – 11.

Painting and Relation, in Their Existential Significance, Alicia Badea.
Johns Hopkins University. pp. 12 – 20.

Three Visions of an Ideal World: Kant Against Rival Idealisms, Joe Brownsberger
Yale University. pp. 21 – 27.

The Phainomena in Aristotle’s De Anima, Ammar Plumber.
University of Pennsylvania. pp. 28 – 39.

Derrida and Habermas on Modernity and the Production of Meaning, Maximilian Paul Jonathan Forster.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. pp. 40 – 48.

Heidegger’s Neglect of and Dependence on the Body in Being and Time, Jacob Joram.
Johns Hopkins University. pp. 49 – 57.

Adam Katwan
Jacob Joram
Alicia Badea
Phillip Yoon
Christopher Slama
Alanna Du
Lawrence Cao
Smitha Mahesh
Jenny Jiang
Colten Fisher
Devin Harsch
Shanice Guthrie
Shannon Cho
Rowan Houlihan

Graduate Advisor:
Austin Heath

Christopher Slama
Lawrence Cao

Adam Katwan
Alicia Badea
Phillip Yoon

Website Development:
Phillip Yoon

Process of Reviewing:
The papers were blind-reviewed, meaning that authors were asked to eliminate all identificatory information and the reviewers did not have any information about the author when reading the papers. When reviewing a paper submitted by the member of the editorial board, we ensured that that particular paper was reviewed by other members of the editorial board.

Finally, we would like to thank the authors for their excellent papers, the Prometheus reviewers for reviewing the submissions, and Austin who guided us through the publication process. In addition, this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the philosophy departments who shared the call for papers for Prometheus. Thank you all for those who helped Prometheus, and we hope you enjoy the journal!

Without further ado, here are the files:
(We’ve uploaded both the compiled journal and the separate papers.)

BOARD MEMBERS (AY 2019-2020)

President: Adam Katwan

Board Members:
Jake Joram
Alicia Badea
Phillip Yoon
Lawrence Cao
Joi Haskins
Devin Harsch
Smitha Mahesh
Christopher Slama

2020 Prometheus Conference Delay

2020 Prometheus Undergraduate Conference was delayed due to the university closure caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. It will most likely be held in Spring 2021 semester, concurrently with 2021 Prometheus Conference. More information regarding 2020 & 2021 Conference will come sometime next academic year.

Thank you for the submissions and we hope you are safe during these challenging times.