Another poll on the Synthese Affair

Brian Leiter started another poll about the Synthese Affair, and would like to insure a wide range of responses. It’s worth registering your opinion on the matter.


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Another poll on the Synthese Affair — 3 Comments

  1. I do think that what the editors did wasn’t right, but why the hell would that lower my opinion of the journal? What they did doesn’t mean that the journal is not one of the best or that it doesn’t publish high-quality articles. It seems to me that Brian Leiter is kind of obsessed with this affair.

    • Hi Diego,

      I’m not sure if this is ultimately helpful, but …

      I’d say that the categories should be understood in light of the poll question, which asks about “your view of the journal under its current editorship.” This might make a difference to your point, depending on the correct ontology of journals. More specifically, if might make a difference if there were a difference between (A) the journal itself, and (B) the journal under its current editorship.

      If there’s no difference between A and B, then it won’t make a difference to your question. But if there really is a difference between A and B, then there’s probably room for opinion on the one to diverge from opinion on the other.

  2. OK, I see your point, but what they are discussing is whether what the editors did in this specific case (not in general) affects our opinion of the journal. I mean, the situation is not one in which they have started publishing their own papers or the papers of their friends, or have rejected fine papers for non-academic reasons. The affair doesn’t change my view of the journal either in itself or under its current editorship. If I knew the editors, it would (perhaps) only change my opinion of them qua persons.

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