Meditations Journal

Meditations is the undergraduate journal of philosophy at UCLA. The purpose of the journal is to foster philosophical thought and provide an opportunity for undergraduates to gain writing and publishing experience. Maybe you have a philosophy paper that you’re really proud of, or you’re looking for a platform to test your arguments and be challenged. Maybe you have some cool ideas but hate writing when a grade depends on it. We encourage undergraduates of any major to participate in Meditations. Please see the electronic versions of our journal below or a hard copy in the UCLA Philosophy Reading Room.

Issue 5 – Spring 2017
Issue 4 – Spring 2016

Issue 3 – Spring 2015

Issue 2 – Spring 2014
Issue 1 – Winter 2014

The Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at UCLA

In 2014, the Philosophy Club at UCLA proudly hosted its first conference on behalf of Meditations: The Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy at UCLA. All participating authors and editors of the journal were undergraduate students who dedicated several months to this philosophical project. This conference was an exciting opportunity to honor their hard work and hear them present their original ideas. Additionally, we were privileged to have Azusa Pacific University’s Joshua Rasmussen give a keynote presentation over the ontological argument.

Our 2017 conference is scheduled for Monday, May 15th (Week 7) from 6 to 8PM in Dodd 175. Please look below for a list of the undergraduates presenting. The club will provide pizza and light snacks at the event.

Blair Allison (UCLA Phil. Undergrad) – ‘Intentions to a Stranger, Promises to a friend: Addressing Conventionalist and Expectation Based Theories of the Wrong of Promise Breaking’
Blake Deal  (UCLA Phil. Undergrad) – ‘Did a Picture Hold Rorty Captive?’
Shayan Koeksal (SFSU Phil. Undergrad) – ‘The ‘Now What?’ Problem for Moral Error Theory: Substitutionism vs. Revisionary Moral Expressivism’

Keynote Speaker 2015 – Professor James Van Cleve, ‘The Philosophy of Time Travel’
Keynote Speaker 2016 – Professor John Hawthorne of USC, ‘The Surprise Exam’
Keynote Speaker 2017 – Professor Aaron James, ‘On Reducing the Workweek to Mitigate Climate Change, or Is the Workaholic an Asshole?’

FAQ: Submit or Get Involved with the Journal

Essay Submission

The due date for submissions during the 2018 cycle is TBD. We are currently accepting submissions.

What requirements apply to submissions?

All papers should be no more than 6,000 words but no less than 2,500 words, and should include a cover page as a separate word document with your full name, email address, affiliation (college, major, and year), the title of your paper, and (optionally) a short abstract. The paper itself should contain no identifying information whatsoever. All submissions should be of a philosophical nature.

Who can submit?

We will accept submissions from any undergraduate student regardless of the college, major, or minor.

Where do I submit?

Please submit all submissions here (i.e. Both attachments should be emailed in the same message with the names of both the email and the documents themselves chosen appropriately.

Working on the Journal

The due date for the 2018 Selections Committee and Editorial Review Board Applications is TBD. We are currently accepting submissions.

What ways are there to help out?

The administrative side of the journal is divided into two parts: a) the Selection Committee and b) the Editorial Review Board. As part of (a), readers will help during the selection process by reviewing submissions according to a provided rubric. This will take place from roughly week 9 of winter quarter to week 2 of of spring quarter. As part of (b), editors will work with the selected authors from roughly weeks 2 to 7 of spring quarter to prepare and polish submissions for publication. All editors and reviewers will be credited in the print and electronic versions of the journal.

How do I apply?

Please send an email here (i.e. while providing the following information and answering the following questions. Those working directly with the journal cannot submit papers themselves. You may express willingness to work on both the Selections Committee and Editorial Review Board simultaneously, in which case it is possible that you will be accepted on both counts, one, or neither. Please note the deadlines listed below.

  1. Full Name
  2. Year at UCLA
  3. Major(s)/Minor(s)
  4. Philosophy Courses Taken
  5. Preference for Selections Committee, Editorial Board or Both
  6. What goals do you have that working on Meditations will support?
  7. What is your availability like?
  8. What, in your opinion, makes for a good Philosophy paper?

2017 – 2018 Club & Journal Officers

Eva Yguico (Pres), Blair Kimble (IVP), Helen Lee (EVP), David Dixon (Meditations Chief Editor), Sarah Perry (Treasurer), Ryan Du (Secretary), Isabel Xu (Book Club Liaison), Jonathan Rogness (Advisory Council)