Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Plea to Academic Publishers

Dear Academic Publishers,

Please, let's call a moratorium on philosophical Companions, Handbooks, and Encyclopedias.  This morning, I received four separate emails from four different Presses announcing the latest "state of the art" compilations of "new essays by top scholars" about "cutting edge" topics in various fields that I work in and around.  Enough already.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Agreed. There are far too many publishing outlets in philosophy, and far too many people publishing. Can we please stop the madness?

Anonymous said...

Is the issue simply that there are too many state of the art compilations of new essays by top scholars about cutting edge topics? If so, make sure you check out The Cambridge Companion to Cambridge Companions coming out sometime in November.

Anonymous said...

No, no, no. The problem is clearly that Spiros is overwhelmed by the many worthy venues in which he is being asked to write such articles. Which is why he needs the Oxford Handbook for Writing Essays for Oxford Handbooks.

Ben said...

Introducing the essential companion to philosophy: whisky!

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget all the dreary book reviews of these Companions, Guides and Handbooks. It has even become pretty commonplace for the reviewer to make some sort of comment that there are too many of these sorts of things.

PA said...

@Ben

I'm afraid to inform you that the Cambridge "essential companion to philosophy" is Pimms.

Anonymous said...

From a publisher: the problem is that having at least some of these around is genuinely useful (or so I am often told), and these are also successful for publishers (both in terms of use and commercially). Believe me, *publishers* wish there were fewer of these around, in one sense; but they all just wish it would be the other guys who would knock it off so they could continue their own in peace.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Spiros can lead the way, by retracting his two papers that are forthcoming in a Handbook and a Companion?