Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"Academic Publishing as Economic Parasitism" post at NEWAPPS

Catarina Dutilh Novaes hits the nail on the head HERE.

I have nothing to add but agreement. Academic presses are, with few exceptions (the few which have made their texts available open access, or which have at least kept their prices low, as Dover has), an obsolete and parasitic farce. 

In a modest effort to exacerbate their obsolescence, or at least remove some of the obstacles to scholarship that they currently present, I would like to use this blog, or perhaps some affiliated website, as something of an AAAAARG.ORG-like resource, gathering together some of the texts that we, the Form & Formalism group, and our readers would like have access to. I'd like to put together something which does for our neck of the woods --- which is what? mostly (but not exclusively) 'continental' philosophy of mathematics and logic, I suppose? -- what AAAAARG is already (and admirably) doing for what seems to be a mostly cultural studies and continental political philosophy community.

Now, I could certainly put together a blog listing links to downloadable pdfs via sites like ifileit, etc., but maybe something more elegant could be built. I don't have much in the way of expertise in these matters, so any ideas or assistance you can offer, dear reader, will be welcome. 

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