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Welcome to Public Reason

Public Reason is a new group blog for political philosophers and theorists. The purpose of the blog is to create an informal but professional online venue where members of the academic political philosophy and theory community can discuss their work. Academic blogging has undergone a remarkable growth lately. A number of group blogs have been created by philosophers and political scientists, but none is specifically dedicated to political philosophy or theory. Public Reason aims to remedy that deficit. Contributors to the blog will have the ability to post a number of items:

  • Literature discussions. If you have something to say about a recent article in journals such as Ethics or the Journal of Political Philosophy, you can link to the article and post a discussion of it on the blog.
  • Reading groups. Work through a book chapter by chapter with colleagues.
  • Working papers. Upload or link to working papers you would like to receive feedback on.
  • Conference announcements. Post information about forthcoming conferences or calls for papers.
  • Teaching discussions. Unsure about how to best explain sovereign authority in Hobbes’s Leviathan or the constraints of deliberative democracy to students? Post ideas about conveying theoretical concepts in the classroom.
  • Podcasts. If you are giving a talk or just want to read a paper for colleagues to listen to on their iPods over lunch, record an mp3 file, upload it here, and subscribe to Public Reason podcasts via iTunes.
  • General issues. Raise an issue of academic interest not sufficiently addressed in any literature you can find.

Professional academic political philosophers and theorists, and postdoctoral fellows, should fill out the contact form on the About page. At the moment, completion of graduate studies is required. Membership is free and there are no limits on the number of items one may post.


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