Expressing views in any public forum has become professionally (and sometimes literally) hazardous for a growing range of people, including philosophers. Hence, a new journal founded by philosophers Peter Singer, Jeff McMahan, and Francesa Minerva: the Journal of Controversial Ideas is intended to be an "open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal specifically created to promote free inquiry on controversial topics. ... The journal offers authors the option to publish their articles under a pseudonym, in order to protect themselves from threats to their careers or physical safety. We hope that this will also encourage readers to attend to the arguments and evidence in an essay rather than to who wrote it. Pseudonymous authors may choose to claim the authorship of their work at a later time, or to reveal it only to selected people (such as employers or prospective employers), or to keep their identity undisclosed indefinitely. Standard submissions using the authors’ actual names are also encouraged. ... [The journal] aim[s] to publish papers that are likely to advance knowledge and promote free inquiry and rational argumentation. The main criterion for acceptance will be the quality of the arguments given." www.journalofcontroversialideas.org/
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