About the Journal



Sententiae is historico-philosophical open access journal.

Journal created by Modern philosophy's research group (Pascalian society).
Founded in 2000. Published thrice a year, оn April 30, on August 30, and on November 30.

Our purpose is to foster the development of a wide gamut of contemporary approaches, active implementation of them into research practice, and establishment of high standards of teaching philosophy basing on the achievements of contemporary history of philosophy. 

Our key priority is to ensure the empirical substantiation of historico-philosophical conceptions, basing on the criteria of literality, exhaustivity, contextuality and taking into account the existing speculative interpretations. Jean-Luc Marion was the first to formulate this set of criteria in 1998 as the main features of contemporary researches of Descartes's philosophy. We regard these principles as the methodological background of any substantiated research method in the history of philosophy. 

Publishing materials on all historico-philosophical topics, we pay special attention to researches in terminology, issues of philosophical translation and untranslatability, manuscript researches (including handwritten heritage of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy professors of ХVІІ–ХVІІІ century), and cover the development of large-scale projects in this area. We also publish new bilingual and commented Ukrainian translations of classical foreign philosophical texts. Among our priorities there is also a coverage of the history of philosophical thought in Ukraine and other Eastern European countries and its relations to the wider cultural context (theology, literature, natural sciences, political ideology etc). 

The content of each issue is distributed according to Genre Sections and Thematic Headings.

Currently there are 10 Genre Sections.




This Section publishes the results of original researches.

In our magazine this section is traditionally divided into several Thematic Headings (TH). Editorial Board distributes the articles by TH taking into account the author’s opinion. Usually no issue of the journal contains a full set of TH. Editorial Board may create a new TH or cancel the existing ones. Currently, there are 12 standard TH, and the titles of some of them varied over time:

 TOPIC OF THE ISSUE (a set of articles united by a common topic, narrower then the topics of the standard TH; the editors of this TH each time are the authors of concrete thematic project approved by the Editorial Board: they can be members of Editorial Board or/and other leading experts in the relevant field; this TH is not present in all journal issues; usually one topic corresponds to one issue, but sometimes the same topic may be extended to one or more of the following issues; previous themes of this TH: 

“Kant and Analytic Philosophy”“Fichte and the Theory of Consciousness”“Could «National Philosophy” be strictly defined Research Object?”“Philosophy and Russian Literature”“Kantiana”“Michail Bakhtin and the First Philosophy”.

Chronological TH:


● MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY (former title: Studia Medievalia);


● EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY (former titles: Modern Philosophy, 17th Century Philosophy);




Articles on topics which are not subject to strict chronological identification, are published in the TH named PANORAMA.

● DISCUSSIONS (Former title: Polemic).

Methodological TH:

● CATHEDRA (articles on innovations in the field of the history of philosophy as a subject of teaching);

● METHODOLOGICAL STUDIES (articles on general comprehension of the history of philosophy as a research field, as well as specific methods of historical and philosophical studies; former title: Historical and Philosophical Laboratory);

● TOOLS (articles on the history of philosophical concepts and terms, analysis of their untranslatability, substantiation of Ukrainian translations of philosophical texts and terms).

TH that are out of use: 

Doctrines, Modern/Postmodern, Eastern Europe, Philosophy and Education, Philosophy and Theology.


This Section publishes translations of authoritative foreign historico-philosophical articles which were printed out, but up to now never translated into Ukrainian.


This Section is dedicated to dialogic forms of historico-philosophical education.


This Section publishes classical philosophical texts translated for the first time into Ukrainian language; usually the text is presented in bilingual commented format; former title: Origins.


This Section publishes (1) articles on the classical philosophical texts published in Section «Translations»; (2) substantiation or critical analysis of respective translators’ conceptions.


This Section publishes texts of manuscripts published for the first time.


This Section publishes articles on the texts of manuscripts published under the section Archives.


This Section publishes reviews of the new books and articles devoted to historico-philosophical topics; former title: Book Reviews.


This Section publishes bibliographic data of the new historico-philosophical books and articles with descriptions of their content.


This Section publishes reports about historico-philosophical conferences, seminars etc.



  1.  The Editorial board makes a decision on paper publication after the prepublication peer review procedure.
  2.  Correspondence of the papers with the scientific specialization of the journal shall be determined by the Editor in Chief who appoints for each article two (sometimes three) reviewers among leading Ukrainian or foreign specialists.
  3.  In our journal practiced double-blind review: reviewers are unaware of the identity of the authors, and authors are also unaware of the identity of reviewers. There are at least ten or more reviewers for the total number of articles in each issue.
  4.  Within two days the Editor in chief assistants inform the author of the paper acceptance for consideration. Editor in chief personally sends the article to reviewers and gets them to text reviews.
  5.  Duration of review – up to twelve months.
  6.  A review examines the following:
    •  originality and scientific novelty of article;
    •  correct citation;
    •  correspondence between the paper content and the title;
    •  cases of double translation;
    •  consideration of the latest publications in the area of philosophical study, covered by the paper.
    •  A review includes final decision on whether the paper is accepted for publication, needs follow-up revision or rejected.
    •  Reviewers also describe the shortcomings in the paper which, being not subject to scientific discussion, may be corrected by the authors.
  7.  Editor in chief makes a list of reviewers’ remarks and sends it to the author.
  8.  Editor in chief has the right to add the own comments to the expert remarks.
  9.  The revised paper shall be submitted for consideration of the previous experts. 
  10.  Editor in Chief never disclose the names of reviewers.
  11.  If all reviewers' conclusions are positive/negative, it is usually the main reason for making the article for publication / rejection. But the Editorial board, in some cases, have the right to disagree with the decision of the reviewers, if will be good reason for this.
  12.  If the evaluation of the reviewers on some articles diverging, the Editorial board takes a special decision: accepted / reject those articles or assign new reviewers.
  13.  If an article is rejected, the Editor in chief assistants inform the author via e-mail of the reasons for the refusal.
  14.  Rejected articles may not be considered again. The Editorial board not discussing with authors about the reasons of articles’ rejection.



Sententiae’s content is fully accessible online.



Relationships between authors, editors and reviewers in our journal are based on academic benevolence, objectivity of ratings and priority of scientific quality. We are following the principles of Code of Conduct for Editors as defined by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE), in particular


Manuscripts shall be evaluated for their scientific quality, regardless of author’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality or political opinions.


Our journal rejects any material that breaks legal requirements regarding plagiarism, libel and copyright infringement.


The editor-in-chief shall be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and consults with other editors or reviewers about the decision to publish.


● have full authority to reject / accept the article, guided by objective scientific criteria and findings reviewers;

● ensure the quality of the material they publish;

● must disclose any conflicts of interest;

● keep information pertaining to submitted manuscripts confidential;

● champion freedom of scientific expression;

If editors suspect the authenticity, originality or ethical correctness of an article, publication of the last is delayed until any doubt is clarified. Unpublished materials from submitted manuscript must not be used in an Editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.


Authors must

● ensure that they have written truly original works;

● have significant contribution to the research (if a paper has several authors);

● guarantee obtained permission for use of copyrighted materials;

● certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere;

● identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript;

● disclose in their manuscript any substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the assessment of their manuscript;

Information obtained by authors privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written, permission from the source. By submitting an article to the editorial board, the authors agree that (in the case of publication in the paper version Sententiae) their text will be automatically published in the online version of the journal (under open access).


Reviewer must:

● notify Editorial staff of any conflicts of interest that may determine their findings;

● keep information pertaining to the manuscript confidential;

● be objective and constructive in their reviews.

Unpublished materials from submitted manuscript must not be used in reviewers' own research without the express written consent of the author.



Some materials of the upcoming issue may be published online and available via Advance Access (that is, before printed publication and before the official online publication of all its materials on the website).

The materials Editorial Board may distribute via Advance Access are primarily those of special topicality that crucially depends on the time of publication (e.g., the texts under the sections of “Discussions”, “Reviews”, “New Editions”, and “Academic Life”).

Papers are provided for Advance Access after they are accepted for the upcoming issue, edited and typesetted, but before the final preparation of an issue, i.e. with conditional pagination.

Papers are provided for Advance Access as PDF-files with the indication “Advance Access” on the first page before the title and near each page number. Conditional pagination is given in square brackets.

The paper is considered to be published after its appearance in the Advance Access; appropriate date appears on the site (menu ARTICLE TOOLS, option Indexing metadata).

Sample reference to material published in Advance Access:

Panych, O. In Search of a Common Good. Reflections on the Andrii Baumeister’s Book “Being and Good”. Sententiae, XXXIV, 2, Advance Access. Retrieved from http://sententiae.vntu.edu.ua/index.php/sententiae/issue/view/Advance%20Access/1



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