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10/18/2012

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Anon.

Marcus, I worry that you may be hurting yourself professionally. My sense is that, in the vast majority of cases (but not all), blind review is a joke. Maybe the referees don't know who you are, but the editors (sometimes important people) very often do. (I once had a former editor of Nous admit to me that it is _obviously_ in the interest of a journal not to practice double-blind review.)
So if you're sending out problematic work, you may be encouraging a certain reputation for yourself... I'm not completely sure of this, but that's my worry.
A friend.

Marcus Arvan

Friend: I appreciate the concern. All the same, the strategy seems to be working... I'm getting work out in print, and I think it's good work (or, at least, work I'm proud of). My feeling is that one of the things I think I've learned over the past few years is that it's important to be true to yourself, figure out what kind of philosopher you want to be, do work you're proud of, and let the cards fall where they may. That, at any rate, is my philosophy. I realize we're not all the same. But thanks again for sharing your concern. I'm certainly aware of it. I'm just not very risk averse. ;)

elisa freschi

Marcus, thanks for the sincere post. I think that a lot has to do with the kind of person you are. If you tend to be a perfectionist, your strategy is perfect to re-discover the fun of writing and researching. If you already tend to be too superficial and to write way too much, you might want to slow down and re-read what you wrote.

(I wrote about it from an Indological perspective, but I guess the topic is not discipline-sensitive:
http://elisafreschi.blogspot.co.at/2012/10/should-you-publish-your-indological.html)

elisa freschi

(sorry, the link does not work. Please delete the last closing bracket to have it function.)

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