Launched: Journal of Controversial Ideas

Very important new initiative, with a very impressive list of well-known researchers on the editorial board, such as Peter Singer (philosophy), Jonathan Haidt (psychology), J. M. Coetzee (literature), Jonathan Glover (medical law). Several editors are from Sweden: Olle Häggström (mathematical statistics), Bo Rothstein (political science), Gustaf Arrhenius (philosophy), Torbjörn Tännsjö (philosophy).

"Welcome to the website of the Journal of Controversial Ideas , the first open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal specifically created to promote free inquiry on controversial topics.

The Journal of Controversial Ideas offers a forum for careful, rigorous, unpolemical discussion of issues that are widely considered controversial, in the sense that certain views about them might be regarded by many people as morally, socially, or ideologically objectionable or offensive. The journal offers authors the option to publish their articles under a pseudonym, in order to protect themselves from threats to their careers or physical safety. We hope that this will also encourage readers to attend to the arguments and evidence in an essay rather than to who wrote it. Pseudonymous authors may choose to claim the authorship of their work at a later time, or to reveal it only to selected people (such as employers or prospective employers), or to keep their identity undisclosed indefinitely. Standard submissions using the authors’ actual names are also encouraged.

We welcome submissions in all areas of academic research insofar as the topics discussed are relevant to society at large.

We aim to publish papers that are likely to advance knowledge and promote free inquiry and rational argumentation. The main criterion for acceptance will be the quality of the arguments given.

We will consider articles that discuss issues or policies in non-Western cultures that may not be controversial in the West but are sufficiently controversial elsewhere that critically discussing them could endanger authors. We also welcome papers that discuss well-known controversial topics from diverse cultural, philosophical, moral, political, and religious perspectives.

We hope that this journal will show the value of embracing controversy as a means of getting closer to the truth, advancing knowledge, and reforming social and cultural paradigms. We believe, with John Stuart Mill, that even when mainstream views are true or justified, if they are never challenged, they risk becoming dead dogmas rather than living truths.

The Journal of Controversial Ideas is not affiliated with any institution and does not support any beliefs or doctrines other than freedom of thought and expression. It is privately funded through donations. Please consider making a donation, thereby helping us to promote free inquiry."


Very auspicious, I’m happy to see Bo Rothstein listed as an editor. I have his book Just Institutions Matter, and I respect his thinking quite a bit. I look forward to the first issue.

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What do you think this is truly possible?

wasn’t this launched some time ago? or is this a different publication?

Not sure, but first issue has still not been published so it’s rather new at least.

if this is the same, at least since 2018… the journal is controversial indeed… :slight_smile:

From Wikipedia:

“Established in 2018 […] the journal officially began accepting submissions on April 20, 2020, and the first issue is expected in the second half of 2020.”

Controversy in science is crucial. Academia and science have no real value without controversy.


Ah, that clears that up. Wonder why it takes two years to accept submission.

Also, i am often called a controversial scholar and author. For example, i just published an op-ed titled:

“Sudah Indonesial, Jangan Indonesia-sia”.

If you are interested in reading it, click here:

Given Indonesia’s scientific and scholarly climate today, and the substance of many of my published op-eds, my friends actually expect me to be visited by law enforcements any time soon.

So, here’s wishing for the best, even if in jail. :slight_smile:

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The founding editors talked with Sam Harris about the journal in the latest episode of the Making Sense podcast.

Really nice episode! Cancel culture was among the things that were discussed.

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The first issue has just been released!


Awesome, thanks for the info!

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