When the State Speaks Reading Group: Schedule

This post is meant as a reference point for any and all posts that related to our reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? Below I list our reading schedule along with the name and affiliation of the discussant for each week. We will cover the introduction, Chapters 1-5 and the Conclusion over the course of three or four weeks. The first post goes up November 12th and the last post goes up November 29th, though discussion can continue for a week or so thereafter.

In the light of successful reading groups past, I suggest that we divide the posts roughly into an expository part and a critical part. I also hope that we can structure criticisms so as to facilitate constructive discussion. Discussion in the comments should focus largely on the issues raised in the post.

If you have any trouble publishing posts or comments, do email me (kevinvallier-at-gmail-dot-com) or Simon.

The Schedule

November 12th: Introduction, Averting Two Dystopias and Chapter One, The Principle of Public Relevance and Democratic Persuasion (Jonathan Quong, Manchester)

November 15th: Chapter Two, Publicly Justifiable Privacy and Reflective Revision by Citizens (Sarah Conly, Bowdoin)

November 19th: Chapter Three, Democratic Persuasion and Freedom of Expression (Simone Chambers, Toronto)

November 22nd: Chapter Four, Democratic Persuasion and State Subsidy (Jennifer Rubenstein, UVA)

November 26th: Chapter Five, Religious Freedom and the Reasons for Rights (Kevin Vallier, Bowling Green)

November 28th: Chapter Five Continued (Anna Stilz, Princeton)

December 6th: Conclusion, Value Democracy at Home and Abroad (Loren King, Wilfred Laurier)

December 11th: Final Wrap-Up (Claudio Lopez Guerra, CIDE, Mexico City)

December 15th: Response to Quong (Corey Brettschneider, Brown)

January 20th: Response to Conly (Corey Brettschneider, Brown)

April 8th: Response to Chambers, Rubinstein, Vallier, and Stilz (Corey Brettschneider, Brown)

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