Book Review Information
arrangement with the Johns Hopkins Press, the Journal publishes
approximately sixty reviews annually. The
Book Review Office (Boston College Philosophy Department, 140
Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467-3859, USA) receives
complimentary review copies from North American publishers
and, occasionally, from authors; all such books with history of
content are included in the quarterly list of Books Received. Authors are advised that, because European
publishers normally provide online catalogs rather than review copies, it is
wise to bring publications to the attention of the Book Review Editor, Jean-Luc Solère <firstname.lastname@example.org>, for consideration.
policy of the Board of Directors is to commission impartial reviewers,
accepting no unsolicited reviews; every effort is made to avoid actual and
perceived conflicts of interest. When
conflicts are unavoidable, they are disclosed. Reviews are original work, neither
having appeared, nor scheduled to appear or be presented, elsewhere. Academics and independent scholars
with the PhD or equivalent who, in principle, would like to review for the Journal
are welcome to send their CVs to the Book Review Editor, Jean-Luc Solère <email@example.com>. Reviewers are
normally asked to submit their 800-word reviews within three months, and all
reviews must appear within three years of the date of a book’s publication.
Journal readers are professional historians of philosophy, or their
students, so original language scholarship that makes detailed use of primary
philosophical texts, focusing on interpretation or argumentation, is preferred.
Ideally, reviews provide an expert evaluation of the philosophical significance
of a monograph or edited collection, written for other historians of philosophy
who may not know that particular field. Most readers want to know whether they
should be consulting this book themselves, or acquiring it for their college or
Journal does not review previously published material or translations of
works available in modern European languages. Works
of peripheral interest to historians of philosophy—in history of ideas,
biography, political theory, the arts, or history—cannot be accommodated within
the limited space available for reviews. Only
very rarely are dictionaries, guides, or companions reviewed, perhaps if
devoted to an understudied figure or period.