As he summarizes the situation:
In 2011 there were 52 evaluators in the Philosophy of Language.Other areas have also shown a drop, but this is the worst yet.
Of these 52 evaluators, 31 did not participate in the Philosophy of Language rankings in 2014.
This is a 60% drop from 2011 to 2014.
There were a total of 27 evaluators in 2014.
This is a net drop of 48% from 2011 to 2014.
In other words, the Philosophy of Language lost 31 evaluators in 2014 and found only 6 replacements.
Congratulations to everyone who refused to participate.
Mitchell's other recent articles on PGR are also worth reading:
- Before You Consult the 2014 Philosophical Gourmet Report, Consider Leiter’s Words: “Reputation tends to be yesterday’s news”
- Why Did Leiter Give Up Reputational Surveys in Law, but Not in Philosophy? The Mystery Deepens
No doubt, there is plenty of consensus among the PGR evaluator pool. But that, as has often been pointed out, is not a reflection of reality but a bias that creates the reality it purports to reflect.