Philosophy, Bullshit and Peer Review

Open access book: Philosophy, Bullshit and Peer Review, Neil Levy

Levy, N., (2024), 'Philosophy, Bullshit, and Peer Review', (Cambridge University Press) [NBK598245]

book cover abstract design with text Cambridge Elements Epistemology philosophy bullshit and peer review, Neil Levy

Cambridge University Press

Cambridge Elements

Peer review is supposed to ensure that published work, in philosophy and in other disciplines, meets high standards of rigor and interest. But many people fear that it no longer is fit to play this role. This Element examines some of their concerns. It uses evidence that critics of peer review sometimes cite to show its failures, as well as empirical literature on the reception of bullshit, to advance positive claims about how the assessment of scholarly work is appropriately influenced by features of the context in which it appears: for example, by readers' knowledge of authorship or of publication venue. Reader attitude makes an appropriate and sometimes decisive difference to perceptions of argument quality. This Element finishes by considering the difference that author attitudes to their own arguments can appropriately make to their reception.