Do You Have to Reply to This Paper?

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I explore the question of whether one has to reply to a paper such as this, and consider what a positive answer (in any respect) would teach us. I argue for a qualified Yes. By “reply” I refer to an attempt to write a paper responding to the original one, which addresses (some of) the major claims made in it. I first ask what philosophical papers are for, and note the important role played by replies to them. I consider special obligations to reply to philosophical papers; and the weaker pro tanto obligations that might exist for most professional philosophers. Finally, I consider objections to my claims; and the broader implications if my case is plausible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1361-1368
Number of pages8
JournalPhilosophia (United States)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2021

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  • Norms of assertion
  • Philosophical replies
  • Professional responsibility
  • Progress in philosophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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