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July 29th, 2003

What Good are Counterexamples?

has just come out in Philosophical Studies. It’s not a great paper. I wrote it all when still in grad school, so it’s hardly my final opinion on anything, and some of the arguments are sophistical even by my standards. But it’s a fun idea to kick around, and one of my few attempts to actually carve out a new position in philosophical move space rather than just adding epicycles to existing theories.

Now that it’s appeared, I’m in the unusual position of having more journal articles in print than forthcoming (8 out, 6 forthcoming, if you’re keeping score). I don’t think I’ve ever been in this state before, though I could be wrong. There’s no distinctive qualia associated with it, in case you were wondering.

One detail about this paper’s publication surprised me. It ended up being the first article in its number of Philosophical Studies. Does anyone know if there’s any method to the order articles appear in a journal? I always assumed it was something arbitrary like alphabetical ordering (that horribly biased system) or date the article was received, or the order the articles are drawn out of a (metaphorical) hat, but I really have no idea. I know Analysis sometimes will put related articles alongside one another, but beyond that it seems fairly random to me.

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4 Responses to “What Good are Counterexamples?

  1. Neil says:

    With some journals (or so I recall having been told), the order of the papers reflects the editor’s judgment as to their quality. I don’t know if this is true of Phil Studies, but they certainly don’t order their papers alphabetically or in order in which they were received.

    I’m first paper in the latest Monist. If there is a thesis here, perhaps that’s a counterexample.

  2. Anon says:

    Brian – the links on your cv to your papers don’t work.

  3. anon says:

    they do work from the papers page but not from your cv.

  4. Brian Weatherson says:

    Thanks for that – I hadn’t noticed the links got butchered during one platform shift. They’re fixed now.