Peter Singer launches Journal of Controversial Ideas

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021

No stranger to controversy, Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, has just launched the Journal of Controversial Ideas with fellow philosophers Jeff McMahan and Francesca Minerva. The three founding editors hope that this new academic journal will “show the value of embracing controversy as a means of getting closer to the truth, advancing knowledge, and reforming social and cultural paradigms.”
 
Described as “the first open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal specifically created to promote free inquiry on controversial topics,” the Journal of Controversial Ideas creates a safe space for controversial views by giving authors the option to publish under a pseudonym.  But, as indicated in a recent article in The Times (London), that may prove to be as controversial as the topics themselves.