I just happened to notice that the announcement of a new book series explicitly states, “Research book proposals exploring non-Western traditions are also welcome.” A moment’s investigation reveals that the journal affiliated with the series, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, makes a similar claim in its mission statement. Terrific! So far, though, the publishing evidence is a bit scanty. I looked through the JMP‘s eight years of publishing history, and found one essay that is obviously related to non-Western philosophy: Eric Hutton’s “Han Feizi’s Criticism of Confucianism and its Implications for Virtue Ethics,” from vol. 5 (2008). This leads me to wonder:
- Does anyone have experience that speaks to the degree that this journal is in fact open to non-Western topics?
- Any thoughts about experiences with other journals, book series, or philosophy lists at publishers?
- Do any other journals (etc.) make similar statements to that of the JMP? (I can say right away that Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews and the journal Philosophy Compass both consistently devote attention to non-Western topics. Others?)
I certainly applaud the openness announced by the JMP and the new series, and wonder what more we might learn on this general subject.