Editorial and Comments Policies

There are four categories of participants on PEA Soup: readers, commentators, contributors, and editors. Many people participate in more ways than one.

Anyone is welcome to comment on any post, provided they comply with the policy set out below. And, of course, anyone is welcome to read the posts at PEA Soup. Contributors initiate original threads, such as article discussions or public philosophy blog entries. New contributors are added intermittently at the invitation of the editors.

One benefit of PEA Soup is that it provides a relatively informal and noncommittal venue for working out new arguments and ideas. We believe that in the service of developing such arguments and ideas, the more readers and commentators, the better. Accordingly, we encourage participation from non-contributors as well as contributors. However, we also realize that this open access, in combination with the sometimes controversial nature of our topics, might appear to invite off-topic comments at times. The editors therefore reserve the right to delete any such comments. Anonymous or pseudonymous comments are especially discouraged, and will very likely be deleted.  Furthermore, each contributor is given the editorial discretion to delete any such comments from his or her own posts.

The author of each post is solely responsible for its content. It should not be assumed that the editors or other contributors assent to the views put forth in any discussion to which they have not directly contributed. Furthermore, many authors put forth their contributions tentatively, as a way of trying out new ideas; therefore, the views expressed in any given post should not be assumed to be the author’s ‘final word’ on the topic. Accordingly, any citations of PEA Soup posts, barring independent correspondence with the post’s author, should reflect their provisional quality. For further questions about any particular post, please contact its author.