Call for Papers- Issue 6: (In Parenthesis) Special Issue, 2019


In 2019, Durham University Philosophy Society’s journal, Critique, will publish a special edition on the Wartime Quartet, in association with the In Parenthesis research project.

In Parenthesis (Durham, Liverpool) is a research project devoted to exploring the philosophical contribution of a group of distinguished female philosophers coined the ‘Wartime Quartet’. The members of the Quartet are Elizabeth Anscombe, Iris Murdoch, Mary Midgley and Phillipa Foot, who studied together in Oxford during the Second World War. Each woman went on to become an extraordinary philosopher in her own right. In Parenthesis explores the extent to which the Quartet can be understood as a distinct philosophical school of thought and to elicit their work as an important part of philosophical discussion, today. As Midgley discussed, when the men left for the battleground, the Wartime Quartet became the first group of women to be free from the conventions of traditionally male-dominated philosophy. Midgely attributed their later success to the sudden amplification of their voices once the men left.

2019 will mark the centenary of the group, inspiring the theme for this edition of Critique. In light of this, the theme for this edition of Critique is the Wartime Quartet and the experiences of marginalised people in philosophy. We will accept submissions based on a range of topics, including, but not limited to:

- The work of individual members of the Quartet (e.g. the relevancy of Anscombe’s critiques of ‘modern moral philosophy’) or the relations between the Quartet’s work (e.g. their shared rejections of the separation between fact and value)
- The lessons of the Wartime Quartet regarding the experiences of marginalised groups in philosophy
- The experiences in philosophy of marginalised groups, such as women, people of colour, disabled, LGBT+ and/ or working-class persons.
Submissions can be traditional philosophical papers, personal reflections, or more descriptive pieces.

For traditional papers, we will accept works of around 2,000 to 5,000 words. For the other works, we accept works of 1,000 to 3,000 words. The deadline for submissions is the 26th of April 2019.

This edition of Critique is particularly poignant due to the recent passing of Mary Midgley and will be dedicated in her memory.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please feel to get in touch by emailing

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