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Keywords:

  • analytic philosophy;
  • approval;
  • book reviews;
  • editors;
  • freedom;
  • journals;
  • programmatic hypotheses;
  • publication;
  • standards

Abstract: The quality of peer-reviewed journals is vulnerable to the absence of declared standards for book reviews. Reviewers should agree to several simple rules before undertaking to review books and while writing them. Sensitivity to an author's aims is one requirement; familiarity with an author's previous and relevant publications is another. Critical judgment is always appropriate, but it can be set apart from an account of the ideas reviewed.