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23 August 2012

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David Slutsky
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In addition to his list of (really wonderful) "Recent and forthcoming publications", Richard Arneson also lists on his (currently UCSD faculty) webpage "Unpublications". Sometimes when an unpublication finally becomes published/appears in print, Arneson lists it as a "former unpublication". Now he adds "...one might revise the idea of an unpublication, as follows: any writing delayed from publication for more than ten years is an unpublication. Even if eventually printed, it's a zombie or ghost."
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See:
http://philosophyfaculty.ucsd.edu/faculty/rarneson/

Eric Schliesser
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Thank you. I love Arneson's terminology for these academic zombies!

David Slutsky
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Yes, Arneson is great on this (and I believe has expressed similar sentiments in other colorful ways over time).
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The following is also possibly relevant (and arguably quite important), though not as amusing:

In addition to his (really wonderful) published work, for years if not decades Richard Boyd listed either as forthcoming from Cambridge University Press or as unpublished both a monograph on moral realism titled something like "Realism and the Moral Sciences" and also a monograph on scientific realism titled something like "Realism and Scientific Epistemology". Many of Boyd's critics and followers eagerly awaited these publications for years in the most flattering and respectful/ admiring ways. Unfortunately, Boyd does not seem even to list them anymore in at least some of his more recent publications. Perhaps his very rich articles and book/anthology chapters alone provide more than enough philosophical work for debate and to learn from for many, many years to come.

Eric Schliesser
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Well, delayed monographs are an entirely different species.

Aidan McGlynn
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Wasn't the Cambridge Companion to Frege really badly delayed? I'm not sure by how long.

Cora Diamond
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The Cambridge Companion to Frege, published in 2010, has some essays that go back quite a while, and some that were commissioned considerably later. A paper by Warren Goldfarb which replies to my contribution to that volume was actually published 8 years earlier than the volume itelf. (This created some problems in preparing the final version of the paper, as I wanted to leave the part on which Goldfarb commented pretty much exactly as it had been, so that what he was commenting on was available, intact.) -- More generally, in connection with delays between a conference and the related volume of papers, one can't assume that the published versions of the papers actually correspond closely to the papers at the conference: some will, some won't; some of the research and work and thought on the papers may date from the months or weeks just before the final version went to the publisher.

David Slutsky
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I recall that an essay by Arnold Davidson titled "Closing up the Corpses: Diseases of Sexuality and the Emergence of the Psychiatric Style of Reasoning" (published in a 1990 festschrift for Hilary Putnam in the Cambridge University Press anthology titled "Meaning and Method" edited by George Boolos) contains a note that states "This essay, first written in 1982, although not published until 1990, has a long history that I will not recount here..." Unfortunately, philosophy - and I guess most every academic discipline, social institution, and human endeavor - includes many such long histories.
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Interested readers can find a link to a reprinting of this essay in a more recent and possibly more accessible volume at Davidson's University of Chicago philosophy faculty webpage here:
http://philosophy.uchicago.edu/faculty/davidson.html

David Slutsky
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Edit/correction: The 1990 publication of the aforementioned essay by Arnold Davidson contains a note that states "This essay, first written in 1982, has a long history that I will not recount here. A number of discussions of it have already appeared in print...In order fully to assess the implications of the arguments in this essay, it must be placed in the context of two other papers, written subsequent to this one, but already published..."

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