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Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie

Ed. by Horn, Christoph / Serck-Hanssen, Camilla

Together with Mercer, Christia

Editorial Board Member: Adamson, Peter / Bartuschat, Wolfgang / Cooper, John M. / Curley, Edwin M / Emilsson, Eyjólfur Kjalar / Förster, Eckart / Frede, Dorothea / Friedman, Michael / Garrett, Don / Grasshoff, Gerd / Irwin, Terence / Kahn, Charles H. / Knuuttila, Simo / Koistinen, Olli / Kraut, Richard / Longuenesse, Béatrice / McCabe, Mary / Pasnau, Robert / Perler, Dominik / Reginster, Bernard / Timmermann, Jens / Trifogli, Cecilia / Weidemann, Hermann / Zöller, Günter

4 Issues per year

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.224
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 0.797

Aims and Scope

The journal publishes exceptional scholarship in all areas of western philosophy from antiquity up to contemporary philosophy. The Archiv insists on the highest scholarly standards and values precise argumentation and lucid prose. In addition to publishing articles and reviews, the journal occasionally features a “Zur Diskussion” section in which particularly controversial positions are debated.

Type of Publication:
Western Philosophy; Philosophy/Current Debates

Academics and Students of Philosophy, Libraries, Institutes

Instructions for Authors

Manuscripts can be submitted online at:


Christoph Horn, Bonn University, Germany; Camilla Serck-Hanssen, Oslo University, Norway.


The Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie has enjoyed a distinguished history since its inception in 1888. Founded by Ludwig Stein, the Archiv was created to provide an international forum for discussion of the history of western philosophy. Insisting on meticulous scholarship and precise argumentation, the journal emphasized the need to understand historical texts in their philosophical and social contexts.

Many of the most prominent names in philosophy at the turn of the century appeared in the Archiv's pages. During his over forty years as editor-in-chief, Stein was assisted by such luminaries as Eduard Zeller, Wilhelm Dilthey, Ernst Cassirer, Alexandre Koyré,and Heinrich Rickert. Contributors included scholars such as Paul Natorp, Charles Adam, Paul Tannery, and Alessandro Chiapelli.

After changing publishers in 1926, the journal, renamed Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie und Soziologie, began to publish work on the history of sociology as well. This was to be short-lived. When Arthur Stein, Ludwig Stein's son, took over the editorship in 1930, he returned the journal to its original name and mission. Yet when the journal became subject to restrictions under the National Socialist government, Stein decided to suspend publication rather than taint the journal's history and reputation.

After lying dormant for twenty-seven years, the journal was refounded by Paul Wilpert in 1960. Committed to fostering scholarly exchange between Europe and the United States, the new Archiv reserved one editorship for an American. The journal has become the leading international journal in the history of philosophy, publishing papers by renowned scholars. 

The Archiv's list of prominent contributors include C.I. Gerhardt, Paul Barth, Carl Stumpf, T. J. De Boer, Camille Bos, Arthur Lovejoy, Wilhelm Max Wundt, Émile Bréhier, C. M. Gillespie, Jean Wahl, Carl Gebhardt, Nicholas Rescher, Martial Gueroult, A.C. Lloyd, Jules Vuillemin, Claude Imbert, Maurice de Gandillac, Jonathan Barnes, Anthony A. Long, Charles H. Kahn, Gisela Striker, Karl Bärthlein, Robert M. Adams, Michael Frede, Margaret Dauler Wilson, John M. Cooper, Yvon Belaval, Gail Fine, Louis E. Loeb, Desmond M. Clarke, Martha Nussbaum, Daniel Garber, Nicholas Jolley, Jean-Marie Beyssade, Rolf-Peter Horstmann, Norman Kretzmann, Kenneth Winkler, and Karl Ameriks..

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Christoph Horn, Bonn University, Germany
Camilla Serck-Hanssen, Oslo University, Norway


Editorial Office

Simon Weber
Universität Bonn
Institut für Philosophie
Am Hof 1
53113 Bonn
phone: +49 (0)228/73-7743
fax: +49 (0)228/73-6851
email: agph@uni-bonn.de

Christia Mercer
Columbia University
708 Philosophy Hall
MC 4971
1150 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027


The Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie has maintained its position as the world’s most respected periodical in the history of philosophy because it is the only truly international publication of its kind.  Ever since Paul Wilpert refounded the Archiv in 1960, after it had closed down in 1933 rather than submit to the pressure of ‘Aryanization’, it has been issued in cooperation with a collaborator in North America in order to ensure a balanced treatment of submissions from all over the world.  Thus the Archiv not only informs about the problems in all periods of the history of philosophy, but does so by accepting contributions in different languages. 
- Dorothea Frede, UC Berkeley and Universität Hamburg

The Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie is one of the premier journals in the history of philosophy. Many classic articles have appeared in its pages over the years, and it continues to publish important scholarship for an international audience.
- Daniel Garber, Princeton University

Das AGP ist Pflichtlektüre für jeden, der sich für den gegenwärtigen Stand der historischen Forschung zu philosophischen Themen im In- und Ausland interessiert. 
- Rolf-Peter Horstmann, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Que le plus ancien soit aussi le plus novateur : le paradoxe n’est qu’apparent quand on lit l’Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. La revue actuelle poursuit admirablement l’œuvre des pionniers (1888 !) en publiant  documents inédits, études critiques et articles savants tout en offrant un large espace à la discussion — et le tout dans un multilinguisme significatif de la recherche en philosophie. Instrument indispensable.
 - Vincent Carraud, Université de Caen, co-directeur des Etudes philosophiques

The Archiv is the leading international journal in the history of philosophy, a place where scholars of all philosophical persuasions come together to think about the past of their discipline. The only thing it insists on is quality – fully justifying its  reputation as an outstanding venue for work in any period of the history of  philosophy.
- Peter King, University of Toronto

The Archiv für Geshichte der Philosophie is the oldest journal specializing in the history of philosophy, and probably has the most truly international audience of any philosophy journal, historical or otherwise. I am proud to have been associated with it for a long time, and look forward to its future.
- Ed Curley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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