This is the 1000th post on PEA Soup—a milestone that seems a good occasion for reflection on the blog. We would welcome fond memories of past discussions on the Soup or suggestions for how to improve it. As the newcomer to Soup, I cannot give enough shout outs to the Fantastic 4 that created and sustained it for its first 9 years: Dan Boisvert, Josh Glasgow, Doug Portmore, and David Shoemaker. Thanks guys—all of us who have benefitted from the Soup owe you.
The blog is doing well. We are now averaging over 1000 visits a day. And there are a variety of new initiatives that we are excited about that are only just starting up. We have significantly expanded the excellent journals we are partnered with, started up the Featured Philosopher series, and encouraged our contributors to post a new thread at least once a year. As you can already see, the blog is becoming more active and there will be more posts than ever before.
On this score we can announce that we are now partnered with the Oxford Studies volumes. Watch for open access to, and high level discussions of, some of the papers published in those volumes. Happily Kate Manne and Hille Paakkunainen have agreed to expand their role at the Soup to include overseeing our partnership with Oxford Studies.
As the blog becomes more crowded it will become more important to observe the few simple rules for posting we mention under “Instructions to Contributors”—most importantly give previous substantive posts room to breathe, at least 24 hours and ideally more, before you initiate a new post and split your post so that only the start of it is seen on the main page so people can see the other recent posts on the main page as well. Also, check out the new handy “Calendar of Events” feature at the top of the blog before posting to make sure you are not posting just as some scheduled event is about to take place. Finally, please use common sense in avoiding posts that are mainly self-promoting. If folks announce their latest publication here, the blog will be overrun and become less interesting.
We are also proud to offer open access to a greatly expanded number of papers. All of our partnerships (including Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, the Oxford Studies volumes, JESP, Philosophers Imprint, and PPE) will involve open access to the papers that are discussed here. At least 10 excellent papers a year that otherwise would only be available to those with a subscription will be available here open access (there will be well more than 10 papers discussed here, and all will be available open access, but some will have already been available free to all via Philosophers’ Imprint and JESP).