Irony of the Day: Special Issues and Political Correctness Edition


Jean-Yves Beziau (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), recently in the news for bizarre remarks he made about political correctness, homosexuality, and the attractiveness of an “old lady” in an essay on logical pluralism in a special issues of Synthese (which prompted a moratorium on special issues there, and reconsideration of policies of editorial oversight and peer review in special issues elsewhere), will be the guest editor of a special issue of Philosophies. The topic? Political correctness.

You can read about the special issue here.

On a hunch, I checked out the editorial policies of Philosophies. Of course, no double-blind review:

Once a manuscript passes the initial checks, it will be assigned to at least two independent experts for peer-review. A single-blind review is applied, where authors’ identities are known to reviewers. Peer review comments are confidential and will only be disclosed with the express agreement of the reviewer… In the case of a special issue, the Guest Editor will advise in the selection of reviewers. Potential reviewers suggested by the authors may also be considered.

I couldn’t find any information about how Philosophies selects guest editors for its special issues. Maybe it is too politically correct to wonder whether a special issue on political correctness should be edited by someone whose research is in or relevant to political correctness, but I am curious how Beziau, whose work is mainly in logic, got the gig. It probably had nothing to do with the fact that he is on the editorial board of the journal.

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