The Point

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Archived since Issue 1, Spring 2009
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21 issues

The Point is a triannual print and digital magazine of philosophical writing on contemporary life, politics and culture. At the center of each issue is a symposium that draws together various perspectives on a question of cultural importance (e.g., What is privacy for?, What is marriage for?, What is prison for?). Beyond the symposium, readers will find essays, interviews, reviews, and intellectual journalism on a range of engaging topics.

Our award-winning essays—about parenting and poetry, love, literature, addiction, Instagram, protest and politics—are united by a commitment to the open-ended exploration of experience, and by their respect for our readers’ intelligence and curiosity.

The Point is one of the rare journals that introduces the best of the academic humanities—analytic rigor, critical engagement with intellectual history—to a wide audience, without compromising accessibility or elegance. It is an excellent resource for students and educators, and our articles are becoming more widely used as readings in college classrooms. Our archive features contributions from many distinguished scholars (including Martha Nussbaum, Slavoj Zizek, Robert Pippin, Raymond Geuss, Harvey Mansfield, Christine Korsgaard. Kathryn Lofton and Brandon Terry).

Latest Issue

• Moeko Fujii on Yukio Ninagawa’s Shakespeare in translation

• Toril Moi on the taboo on reading for character

• Literature from Daša Drndić and Bud Smith

• Daniel Oppenheimer on Dave Hickey's art criticism

• Rachel Fraser on writing about rape

• Jon Baskin on the hatred of literature

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  • First Issue: Issue 1, Spring 2009
  • Latest Issue: Issue 21, Winter 2020
  • Issue Count: 21
  • Page Count: 4,222
  • Published: Tri-annually
  • ISSN: 2641-9408

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