Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education

PaTHES is associated with the Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education journal (PTHE). PTHE is an international refereed scholarly journal committed to advancing understanding of the role(s) and purpose(s) of higher education. The journal strives to be inclusive in scope, addressing topics and issues of significance to a wide range of scholars and practitioners concerned with the relationship between higher education and society.

Rigorous submissions informed by diverse philosophical and theoretical orientations, including, but not limited to, critical theory, existentialism, feminism, queer theory, post-colonialism, Marxism, liberalism, poststructuralism, postmodernism, and post-humanism will be welcomed. The journal aims to stimulate critical analyses of policy and practice in higher education, with an emphasis on inter-disciplinarity and international perspectives.

The content will be primarily philosophical and theoretically-based research papers. Analytical papers that reflect on empirical projects will also be featured in the journal. Short responses to previous articles as well as essay reviews of new works in the field will be considered to promote ongoing critical dialogue within the journal. Proposals for special issues, with thematically linked papers, are encouraged.

PTHE is published by Peter Lang, three times a year (spring, summer, and fall) and is open access. 

The Executive Editor is Professor John E. Petrovic, The University of Alabama.

John invites you all to send him an email (petrovic at to explore any idea you may have, either for a paper of your own or for an initiative for the Journal.

Members of PaTHES may receive a hard copy of the journal, by request, as part of their fully paid dues. 

Call for review

Are you interested in doing an essay review of a book for PTHE? Please do not hesitate to contact Responses and Reviews Editor, Daniel Saunders (dsaunder at for more information and to express your interest.

Special Issues

Imagining the Future University, guest edited by Søren S. E. Bengtsen and Ronald Barnett

The special issue arose originally from the first annual PaTHES conference ‘The Purpose of the Future University’, at Aarhus University in the autumn 2017, so the issue has been a little time underway. We appreciate the great efforts, patience and support from all the contributors of the special issue, and the continued work and efforts from executive editor John Petrovic, who has ensured that we now see the result of our work as a team!

Student Being and Becoming, guest edited by Amanda J. Fulford

This special issue came about following the annual conference of the PaTHES on the same theme that was held at Middlesex University, London, in 2018. Citing Amanda J. Fulford in the introduction: “[T]he notion of “becoming” is most often understood merely in terms of a transition into higher education, and so with the most practical of issues. What this focus of attention misses, however, is first, the ontological at the heart of what it means to be and become a student, and second, the perfectionist nature of being a student that is redolent of an ongoing process of being and becoming.”

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