I have, for years, looked at various scholarly books published by respected presses. I found a lot of sheer nonsense, from the university presses (these are books in social science, philosophy, or literary criticism. Also maybe history, but not “hard science”). I was of the opinion that the presses or universities are too generous to these writers. I saw really bad stuff sometimes. On occasion, I’ve read the piece again and discovered that there was something to it after all, so I am not always right.

I had great doubts about some of these writers of books (particularly in fields such as humanities, political science, or social science).

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