Philosophers Argue About Journal of Philosophy

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The Journal of Philosophy, run and published by Columbia’s philosophy department, has been around in one form or another for more than a century, and it is certainly an important part of the university’s reputation: PrezBo’s a trustee of the journal. But the Internet Age is leading to criticism of the journal’s editorial process. 

Most recently, a posting by Huron University professor John Turri at a Baylor philosophy blog shared a “horror story” of two of his papers sitting for a full thirty-five months “sitting at this journal, waiting to be read … or, actually, waiting to not be read, as it turned out.” Repeated emails to the journal elicited little response as well. And Turri is apparently not alone in experiencing a response time that makes Verizon customer service look speedy. Other philosophy professors chimed in agreement in the comments, and even more added their stories at UChicago prof Brian Leiter’s popular philosophy blog.

This poor reputation for turnaround, combined with the unpopularity of its in-house editorial process (which some non-Columbia professors see as hurting its impartiality), has even led Leiter to suggest a boycott of the journal. Bwog believes in a different way to settle things.


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  1. obvious solution

    this is why people should just submit to the journal of politics & society -- and then gloat about being sold in bookstores

    (don't take me too seriously, i know it's not for philosophy)

  2. This guy is ridiculous  

    The arguments he makes smells of hubris. Face the facts Leiter, your entries sucked so you didn't get published. No need to get bitter and call for special treatment. I thought philosophy would have taught you that.

    • but...

      everyone knows philosophy doesn't really teach you anything...

    • this sounds like

      it comes from someone who never read Leiter on either Nietzsche or legal philosophy. He is the kind of guy who gets published when and where he wants, and this is well deserved. I don't necessarily agree with the boycott (mostly because of personal loyalties to Columbia's Philosophy Department) but I think that he's right about such long waits being unacceptable.

  3. save columbia

    sidenote: apparently Glenn Beck is trying to send his daughter to Columbia? ew?


  4. Nicolas

    What's too bad is that none of Columbia's involved persons gets to reply. A fair debate would require more than silence on the accused's behalf.

  5. jeez  

    what is columbia's problem here? GET IT TOGETHER CU PHILOSOPHY!

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