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Online Philosophy Conference: deadline extended

The deadline for submitting papers to the Online Philosophy Conference, which looks like it will be an exciting electronic event, has been extended to January 31. (I’m guessing there’s still a need for commentators as well.)
 

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The ethics of graduate advising

Over at the Leiter Reports, there’s beena lively discussion   about irresponsible (or even abusive) advising and teaching in philosophy graduate programs.   But the larger question is what is to be done?

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Ethical Dilemmas for Journal Editors and Referees

Over the past few years, I’ve become aware of some interesting ethical dilemmas for editors and referees. I present five such dilemmas below: D1-D5.  Some of these are ethical dilemmas that I’ve had to deal with as a moral agent. Others are ethical dilemmas that I, being the relevant moral patient, wish others had been more conscious of. And one of these is just a hypothetical case, at least, as far as I know. I’ve changed the names to protect both the innocent and the guilty.

I would be interested in hearing what others think would be the appropriate action to take in these cases. Also, if others have encountered other related dilemmas not mentioned here, please feel free to share them in the comments.

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Ethics Journals

I’m curious what people think about the specialty ethics journals – which ones do you read?  Which ones do you think are good?  Which ones do you think other people read and think are good?

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All the particulars about particularism

Following our earlier discussion  about the merits of particularism comes this review by Timonthy Chappell of Jonathan Dancy’s new book, Ethics Without Principles.  Book reviewing, I’ve learned, is a genuine art, and this review is a rare achievement: biting, funny, and informative. Check it out!

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Letters of Recommendation

Here’s an ethical issue (actually, a pair of them) which I’m sure all of us have faced, or will. Sometimes students come to instructors seeking letters of recommendation – for graduate school, for jobs, for postdocs, or what have you. And sometimes these students are such that we could not, without dishonesty, write a fully positive and utterly enthusiastic letter. But there seems to be an expectation on the part of a lot of people – not only students who request these letters, but also those decision-makers who will read them – that every such letter should be completely positive, so that a letter that contains any negative comment at all will simply doom the person whom it ‘recommends.’

In light of this, there are three obvious strategies. (I’m sure there are more, but these seem to be the most obvious, and probably the most common.)

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New Ethics Journal

A quick alert to those who haven’t already seen it over at Fake Barn Country (or elsewhere): there’s a new ethics journal, the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy.  The first issue contains articles by Joseph Raz, Gideon Jaffe, and John Brunero.

Here’s the first paragraph of their editorial policy:

The Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy is a peer-reviewed online journal in moral, political and legal philosophy. The journal welcomes submissions of articles in any of these and related fields of research. Articles submitted to the Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy will be reviewed by the editors and external referees according to the highest academic standards. The journal is committed to speedy and efficient review, normally not exceeding 6 to 8 weeks from submission.

It’s nice to see growth in online journals in philosophy.  Another noteworthy item about JESP is that they accept simultaneous submissions.  (Of course, to take advantage of that, the other journal(s) to which one is submitting must accept simultaneous submissions, too.)  It will be interesting to see if this catches on.

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