Philosophical Gourmet Report

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The Philosophical Gourmet Report (also known as the Leiter Report or PGR) co-edited by philosophy and law professor Brian Leiter and by philosophy professor Berit Brogaard, is a ranking of graduate programs in philosophy in the English-speaking world.[1][2]

It is in response to the Gourman Report, and is based on a survey of philosophers who are nominated as evaluators by the Report's Advisory Board. Its purpose is to provide guidance to prospective Ph.D students, particularly those students who intend to pursue a professional career in academic philosophy. The Report first appeared on the web in 1996; it has been distributed by Blackwell since 1997.

In 1989, while he was a graduate student Leiter made a list of what he believed, initially based on his own impressions and research, to be the top 25 graduate philosophy programs in the United States, which came to be the PGR.[3] According to Above the Law, PGR became internationally recognized.[4]

The PGR was described by David L. Kirp in a 2003 New York Times op-ed as "the bible for prospective [philosophy] graduate students."[5] George Yancy, in Reframing the Practice of Philosophy: Bodies of Color, Bodies of Knowledge (SUNY Press, 2012), opined that Philosophical Gourmet Report ranking: "is, of course, very controversial. However, as is often pointed out, there is no real alternative."[6] Carlin Romano, in America the Philosophical (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2013), referred to the PGR rankings as "often-criticized" and "biased towards mainstream analytic departments".[7]

There has been concern about Leiter's continued management of the Philosophical Gourmet Report. Over 600 philosophers, including 30 members of his 54-member Advisory Board, signed a statement in 2014 that demanded that Leiter relinquish control over the Report's management.[3] Hundreds of philosophers signed a statement saying that they would not complete the PGR's surveys that inform the publication’s rankings, or otherwise assist in assembling the rankings, as long as Leiter was still its editor.[8][3]

In response, Leiter will step down as editor of The Philosophical Gourmet Report.[8] As an interim measure, Leiter appointed a co-editor for the 2014 report. He agreed to step down as editor after its publication.[8] The publication’s Advisory Board voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move.[8] After he steps down as editor, he will join the Advisory Board.[8] Berit Brogaard, a philosophy professor at the University of Miami who became PGR's co-editor, will become the editor.[8]

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  1. ^ Ana Dubnjakovic, Patrick Tomlin (2010). A Practical Guide to Electronic Resources in the Humanities. Elsevier. 
  2. ^ "The Philosophical Gourmet Report 2014-15"
  3. ^ a b c Schmidt, Peter (September 26, 2014). "The Man Who Ranks Philosophy Departments Now Rankles Them, Too". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Joe Patrice (September 26, 2014). "Everyone Hates This Poor Law Professor". Above the Law. 
  5. ^ Kirp, David (October 27, 2003). "How Much for That Professor?". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ George Yancy (2012). Reframing the Practice of Philosophy: Bodies of Color, Bodies of Knowledge. SUNY Press. 
  7. ^ Carlin Romano (2013). America the Philosophical. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Andy Thomason (October 10, 2014). "Controversial Philosopher Will Step Down as Editor of Influential Rankings". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

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