Friday, November 1, 2013

Adventures in allegedly real academic publishing

Oxford University Press: Colin McGinn edition. (From the Mind review by Kerry McKenzie):
For me, then, the one pertinent question this work raises is why all of this went unrecognized: this book, after all, issues not from one of the many spurious publishing houses currently trolling graduate students, but Oxford University Press — a press whose stated aim is to ‘publish works that further Oxford University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education’. So why did they publish this? I can hazard no explanation other than that Colin McGinn is a ‘big name’; and if that is sufficient for getting work this farcical in print with OUP, then shame on our field as a whole. As such, McGinn’s foray into philosophy of physics may in the end provoke a worthwhile discussion, though sadly one focused on concerns rather different from those he himself had in mind.
h/t Boris

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