Many Links

Douglas Portmore has started a journals wiki to keep track of how well different journals respond to submissions, i.e. the turnaround time, the usefulness of the comments etc. I’m a little worried that people will post their war stories, rather than the times they got a quick (or at least not slow) response from journals. I have a pretty good idea of what the median response time is at a few journals, so we’ll see how this data matches up.

Richard Moran told me about a really cool new resource, LibriVox. They collect and distribute audio recordings of books and papers that are in the public domain. Here is their philosophy catalog. It includes a few things we’d consider borderline philosophical at best, but it also includes some classics including McTaggert’s The Unreality of Time. It is possible to volunteer to add recordings to the site. They say that On Denoting is in progress. A good version of Principia Ethica would be fun to hear, though the reader would need to get just the right pitch on each of the emphasised words.

On a somewhat lower brow note, two college friends of mine have decided to regenerate their college radio show Black Forest Radio as a podcast. It’s not entirely unsafe for work, depending on what kind of workplace you have I guess. (Personally I work in a closed office, so spending the entire day watching cricinfo updates and listening to trashy Australian radio is work-safe. Not that I would ever do that.)

In the meantime, it’s about 60 degrees and sunny here, so I might go for a stroll up Cascadilla Gorge. My desktop has the forecasts for Ithaca and Melbourne, and it says their projected daily maximums are 3 degrees apart. Hopefully Melbourne gets as much rain with these temperatures as Ithaca is getting.

2 Replies to “Many Links”

  1. Thanks for the link. I wanted to note that the wiki is a \“place for authors, editors, and referees to share information on philosophy journals: their editorial practices, response times, backlogs on publishing, policies on providing comments to authors, etc.\” So, as the Editor of Philosophy Compass and as a member of the Editorial Board of Philosophical Review, you should consider posting additions and corrections to the wiki. As with all wikis, this wiki is self-policing. So, hopefully, everyone will help in deleting inappropriate griping and inaccurate information. Also, if you have information about backlogs, response times, editorial policies, and such, I hope that you will share it on the wiki. The problem is that although many established members of the philosophical profession have a sense of median response times for many journals, those newer to the profession don\‘t.

  2. LibriVox doesn’t actually collect/distribute audio recordings, but is a community of volunteer narrators manufacturing copyright-free audio recordings which are then made available through the site and through archive.org. I’m actually starting up a searchable/categorized portal for such recordings, along with audio and video from lectures and courses (e.g. my current courses in political philosophy and in Heidegger). I’ll try to remember to let you know when that’s up, if you’d be interested in this kind of thing.

    As a more meaningful aside, though: I’m, as far as I know, the only phil. professor active at LibriVox, and we could use some more folks. “On Denoting” seems to have stalled out. You want it done? Go record it! It won’t take long, and you can record good quality files with a $40 headset and free, open-source software. There’s all kinds of material that we should work on making accessible in this format, and those of us who understand the material particularly well can give a far better and more nuanced reading than the average afficianado (although I’ve been happy with most of the readings there – C. Manchester’s reading of the Unreality of Time is, I think, very good). The recording of the first Critique, in particular, could be well-served by professional attention.

    On the philosophy catalog there – I’m not sure quite what’s going on. Aesop shouldn’t be listed there … and strangely Aristotle’s Poetics is missing, even though it’s been recorded. Best to just look through the ‘non-fiction’ catalog, I suppose.

    Anyhow, if anybody is interested in getting involved, please feel free to drop me a line, and regardless, if there’s anything you think ought to be recorded, or which you’d like to be able to provide in audio format for your students, post in the Book Suggestions Forum over at LibriVox.

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