“Consistently wise, provocative, intelligent, serious, and just. Can that be said of any other journal in America? I doubt it.”
— James Wood
The Point is a print and digital magazine of philosophical writing that embodies two distinct but complementary convictions: on the one hand, that humanistic thinking has relevance for contemporary life; on the other, that our lives are full of experiences worth thinking about. Each issue contains three sections: essays that blend memoir, criticism and journalism to examine the ideas and beliefs that shape our world; a symposium that gathers contributions on a topic chosen by the editors (e.g. privacy, sports, film, marriage), and reviews of pretty much anything at all.
The Point adheres to no specific political or social agenda; instead, we ask our readers to participate in a dialogue between diverse intellectual traditions, personalities and points of view. The goal is a society where the examined life is not an abstract ideal but an everyday practice.
The magazine takes its name from Promontory Point, a rocky outcropping on Chicago’s South Side. The first issue was conceived by three University of Chicago graduate students in a basement pub in the fall of 2009. Today The Point is mailed to subscribers around the world twice a year and is distributed to bookstores and libraries across the United States and in select international locations. We accept submissions for the print magazine and website on a rolling basis.
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“The Point should lift every sagging humanist spirit. It is intellectually serious, independent, far-reaching, spirited and elegant—a stirring act of resistance against the shrinkage of intellectual life in our culture of takeaways and metrics. This is what a journal of ideas should look like.”
“The Point is subtle and various, empathetic and argumentative, and more unexpected than it seems at first acquaintance.”
—Times Literary Supplement
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—Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
“Notable both for its ambitious scope and pedigree. … Serious, and seriously entertaining, essays.”
—Printers Row Journal
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