From the editors of Philosophia Mathematica

In light of a recent incident we discussed here, the editors of the journal Philosophia Mathematica have issued this brief statement:

In the recent review of Nick Haverkamp’s Intuitionism vs. Classicism: A Mathematical Attack on Classical Logic in Philosophia Mathematica, published online on October 27th 2015, a paragraph was included that did not meet the standards for which we aim in the journal. We apologise for this. The review has now been retracted and procedures have been established to prevent similar episodes in the future.

7 thoughts on “From the editors of Philosophia Mathematica

  1. Could you say where or how the statement appeared? Was it sent to FP? I’m asking because on the journal site it says,

    Nick Haverkamp. Intuitionism vs. Classicism: A Mathematical Attack on Classical Logic. Studies in Theoretical Philosophy, Vol. 2. Frankfurt: Klostermann, 2015. ISBN 978-3-465-03906-8 (pbk). Pp. xvi + 270
    Reviewed by Fred Richman

    This book review has been retracted at the request of the author.

    (my stress.)

  2. Didn’t think a retraction was necessary. It certainly was a bizarre thing for him to say, but seems to me like an overreaction.

  3. I don’t really know what standard journal practices are, but I can see the editors being reluctant to modify an already published piece of work. They may well also felt strongly that the journal should not have papers in it which contained such a remark. This line of thought amounts to a firm reason for removing it.

    Another possibility: The journal online says that the author redacted the paper. Perhaps they gave him the choice of changing it or having it removed.

  4. This seems exceedingly likely to me, given the evidence on hand: “Another possibility: The journal online says that the author redacted the paper. Perhaps they gave him the choice of changing it or having it removed.”

  5. Surely it would be normal practice for the editor to give the author the opportunity to modify the review in such a case.

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