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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Res Cogitans is based at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. Its goal is to provide “a forum for philosophical discussion at a high level, but does not require any specific methodology or philosophical orientation,” and the editors may accept submissions in related disciplines, including artificial intelligence, cultural studies, the history of science, linguistics, literary theory, psychology, religion, sociology, or theology.
Papers written in Danish, French, English, German, Norwegian, and Swedish are accepted and published, as the table of contents from the most recent issue, 2013 Volume 1, Number 9, reveals: “Lykken, livet, filosofien – og pengene - prolegomena til en undersøgelse af penge som antropologisk paradigm,” “Issues in the Debate on the Ethics of Considerable Life Extension,” “Habermas on ethics and the philosophy of religion,” “The Conditional Feasibility of Global Egalitarian Justice,” “"Viden i praksis" – implikationer for it-baseret læring,” and “Decentering in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy – recentering in Kierkegaard.”
The majority of authors here are based in Scandinavian countries and Germany, as are the editors and editorial board. There are some technical issues that make access to Res Cogitans less than easy; for example, the Latest Issue link on the homepage is dead, the “non-special” issues are all labeled “Miscellaneous,” and there appears to be no search feature for the journal (a search box displays at screen top-right, but that searches the entirety of the University of Southern Denmark web site).
Not an important source generally, but may be of interest to students of Scandinavian philosophy.