Since 2010, Ramify has published scholarly and creative work that reflects the unique intellectual atmosphere of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Today, the editors of Ramify are pleased to announce that with our fifth volume, the journal will be moving exclusively online. Ramify 5.1 will be published over the course of this March and April and will include scholarly, poetic, and artistic works by Braniff graduate students, as well as articles by Eric Salem, a member of the faculty at St. John’s College, and our own Leo Paul de Alvarez, Professor Emeritus of Politics. Also this spring, we will publish Ramify 5.2, with selected papers from the inaugural Braniff Conference on the Liberal Arts, held at the University of Dallas on January 30–31st, 2015.

We are proud to present the first article from Volume 5.1—Eric Salem’s “The Night Watchmen, or, By the Dawn’s Early Light”. Salem’s article elucidates the central, but not immediately apparent place of philosophy in the city founded in the Laws, Plato’s longest and arguably most political dialogue. Each week over the next two months, Ramify will release another article, poem, or work of art from the current issue on We invite you to visit this website and our social media pages, Ramify's Facebook Page and Ramify's Twitter Feed, to find the latest from Volume 5.1 as well as our previous four volumes. And we encourage you to share whatever you find intriguing, illuminating, or incisive in our pages, and thereby advance the journal’s mission: to foster the involvement of scholars, teachers, and students in the ongoing dialogue within the Western tradition.

Adam Cooper, Editor-in-Chief, March 9th, 2015