I wanted to put up a post where people could make suggestions for further reading groups, after the conclusion of the marvelous “Democratic Authority” discussion we’ve had. If there are many suggestions, I’ll put up a poll to see which are the most popular and likely to attract broad participation. Also, if there is a lot of interest in two quite different books, then nothing stops people from organising those groups separately.
In a little while, once I’ve figured out the precise technical details, I’d like to see if we can host a series of podcasts on the website, ideally for the Fall semester; a kind of “how to deliver a paper to masses of people working in your field without leaving your office” sort of arrangement. Otherwise, I’d like to encourage people to think creatively about how best to use the site. We now have over one hundred full members working in political philosophy and theory from sixteen different countries around the world. Not to blow our own horn, but I think this probably makes us the largest group philosophy blog on the internet, strictly in terms of membership, although that may be mistaken. As such, I think there is tremendous potential for the blog to be the site for some real innovation in academic conversation on the internet; it will be whatever the members want to make of it. I’m very happy about the start we’ve had over the last few months (and especially grateful to David and Jonathan for their efforts in the reading group).
Thom suggested Martha Nussbaum’s new book, Liberty of Conscience, a while ago.At some point, I’d also like to see what people have to say about Tom Christiano’s forthcoming Constitution of Equality, although that does not seem to be out yet (or, sadly, reasonably priced).
I’ll link to this post on the sidebar, so that it doesn’t get lost. People should also feel free to suggest when they think it best to have a new group, either quite soon, over the summer, or next semester.