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The Raven is a magazine of original philosophy written for intellectually curious readers with or without academic training in the discipline. It aims to revive an essayistic style of philosophy that was more common in academic venues as recently as thirty years ago but has gradually disappeared — that is, to publish contributions to the “literature” that deserve to be called literature.

The Raven is an open-access online magazine. The editors are David V. Johnson and J. David Velleman. They have responsibility for working with authors to improve style without compromising philosophical rigor. The editors are advised by the editorial board.

The Raven invites pitches from authors. A link for submitting proposals appears at the bottom of this page. We will not consider unsolicited manuscripts.

The publication of The Raven has been made possible by funding from the William H. Miller III Department of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University.

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David V. Johnson

David V Johnson

David V. Johnson is a former philosophy professor turned journalist with more than a decade of experience as an editor and writer. He is currently deputy editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has previously worked at Al Jazeera America, Boston Review, San Francisco magazine, and Harper’s Magazine. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University in 2002, and taught at Stanford, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and the University of Michigan. You can find him on Twitter @contrarianp.

J. David Velleman

J. David Velleman earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University in 1983. He taught for 22 years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and then for 15 years at New York University. He is now William H. Miller III Research Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. He is a founding co-editor, with Stephen Darwall, of the open-access journal Philosophers’ Imprint, which is now in its 21st year. His most recent book is On Being Me, from Princeton University Press.