Both the ideal and pursuit of intellectual freedom are important components underpinning this journal. The unrestricted expression of ideas is a desire and challenge facing us all. Particular fields of Continental theory have attempted to embrace and pursue this ethic as acts of intellectual integrity. With this in mind, the journal’s inaugural issue posits the question: what does intellectual freedom mean today? Although this question speaks directly to the academy, it is not limited to scholars. People in other spheres of life also experience the shaping of and parameters to their ideas, sometimes to their chagrin. Continental theory invites a variety of responses to the question of intellectual freedom.