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New Book – ‘Uniting Mississippi: Democracy and Leadership in the South’

By Eric Thomas Weber, associate professor of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi. Available in paperback, ~$20 (Amazon US, UK, Canada). About the book: Uniting Mississippi applies a new, philosophically informed theory of democratic leadership to Mississippi’s challenges. Governor William … Continue reading

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People here may like to know of this book on Hegel’s Phenomenology and Foucault’s Genealogy. The book examines these two projects – looks at their commonalities as well as differences -, considers their implications for social and political theory, as … Continue reading

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Religion, Public Reason and Thinking of the Children: Comments on Chapter 7

I am genuinely, truly honored by Harry Brighouse’s comments on the last chapter of my book. Brighouse is one of philosophy’s great theorists of education, and I learned a lot from his remarks. Brighouse’s core worry is that my chapter … Continue reading

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Publicity, Divisiveness and Restraint: Comments on Chapter 2

Let me begin by thanking Danny for commenting on my work. Danny and I overlapped in graduate school for three years, and he’s offered perceptive comments on my work ever since. So I’m especially grateful to him for his lengthy … Continue reading

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Public Justification, Authority and Coercion: Comments on Chapter 1

I want to begin by again thanking Chad for putting this group together and to all the participants, especially Micah for his excellent summary and questions of Chapter 1 of my book. I didn’t see a way to answer his discussion questions … Continue reading

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Vallier Reading Group: Chapter 1

I am happy to begin our reading group on Kevin Vallier’s new book, Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation. My thanks to Chad Van Schoelandt for organizing. In earlier reading groups, we have followed a standard format of summarizing … Continue reading

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