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(Real) letter to the editor

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Dear Sirs,

As much as one must applaud the effort of the editors to offer selected articles on philosophy to be published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, I cannot help but wonder if these are properly refereed submissions and if there is not a certain danger in their being accepted without criticism or comment. As but one example, in the submission on perception by Tyler Burge he speaks of qualia and perceptual anti-individualism. Yet in a book by Metzinger, himself a noted philosopher, it is stated unequivocally that qualia do not exist, as well as insisting on a position quite distinct from Burge in terms of the latter issue. As a non-philosopher I am unable to make any sort of reasonable decision about this issue, and I wonder if more balanced presentations would not be preferable. I do not in any way mean this as a criticism of Tyler Burge, who is an outstanding scholar, but more as a matter of general editorial policy.


Metzinger T (2003). Being no one. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, p. 66.

[Notes: The above letter to the editor was passed along to me some time ago by Alex Kerr. It can be found, with citation information, here.]


Written by fauxphilnews

June 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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  1. Very amusing and a good read for a geek woman.. or a greek woman…Socratia

    Kathryn Braithwaite

    August 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

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