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September 02, 2011


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Excellent! Very glad this feature of JESP will remain and that you are giving it publicity. I agree that such short notes can be very useful and that there are not enough outlets for such work. I hope the Souper Peas rock JESP's shorter discussion notes. Perhaps, if the powers that be at Pea Soup think it a good idea, every once and a while people who publish some short discussion paper with JESP might link to it here so as to continue the discussion here?

Wow, what a great idea, Sobel. Would that I knew the powers that be.

And thanks, Mark, both for continuing the tradition at JESP and publicizing it here.

Sobel, "every once and a while"...

Typo, or eggcorn?

Shoemaker, double subjunctive, in comprehensible English! Impressive.

This is good news. Julia has been doing an excellent job, and I know that Mark will continue this excellent work. JESP is providing a great service. And I like Sobel's idea as well.

Hi Mark,

Does it matter how long ago the target article was published?

Any general guideline here would be a help...


Hi, Brad.

All brief articles making compact points of ongoing interest are encouraged. To me, a good point about an older article with proven importance is at least as important as a rebuttal of an article from the latest issue of PPA. And a good focused point doesn't need to be reply to anyone in particular, though it helps if it's situated in the literature (see Gettier, Ed). If it's a reply to a thirty-year-old article that has never before been cited, I want a pretty good case that it merits discussion. Does that help?

You bet. Thanks. This fit my rough idea that this part of the journal is like the ethics version of Analysis. Short and sweet, but no less important than the stuff published in the main article section..


I am sure they would let you correct high school english papers in your spare time if you asked nicely.

Oh no, Dave, sorry -- my students all have high school diplomas. But if you need extra help I can definitely recommend some good tutors!

May you provide a sample of such notes for new visitors of your site?

Walt, click Mark's link to the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy.

Is there an official word limit for submissions to the discussion section?

Dale - see "All submissions are subject to peer-review, and should not exceed 2,000 words."

Thanks. I was looking under Editorial Policy.

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