Political Philosophy Reading Group?

Mercurial

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Would anyone be interested in participating in a Reading Group on this forum?

The basic idea would be to start a thread every now and then based around a single academic article from a political philosopher (one that is available for free, online), and to go through the paper in some detail, examining its arguments and potential objections and so on.

It would be intended for anyone with an interest in the particular topic, or who might just be curious to see what political philosophy looks like.

If there is enough interest, I can propose a couple of open-access texts to choose from depending on what topics people would like to discuss, and we could go from there.


Edit: I should add that such a thread would be actively moderated by myself, to remove off-topic, abusive, and low-quality posts.
 
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Would anyone be interested in participating in a Reading Group on this forum?

The basic idea would be to start a thread every now and then based around a single academic article from a political philosopher (one that is available for free, online), and to go through the paper in some detail, examining its arguments and potential objections and so on.

It would be intended for anyone with an interest in the particular topic, or who might just be curious to see what political philosophy looks like.

If there is enough interest, I can propose a couple of open-access texts to choose from depending on what topics people would like to discuss, and we could go from there.
Why would you want to discuss anything with a group of people whom you consider to be a cancer?
 

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Discussing political philosophy with Merc?

I choose sanity.
 

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I would be interested but I'm wondering is this something you can opt in and out of depending on the text under discussion and what texts would you be planning to discuss?
 

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Discussing political philosophy with Merc?

I choose sanity.
Sometimes but not always you can learn more from discussing with people profoundly disagree with as opposed to those you are in basic agreement with.
 
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You'll have to sign up to find out.
You've stated and repeated that white people are a cancer, it can be reasonably assumed that most posters here are white. So you want another chance to dish out abuse and assign more labels. No need at all to sign up to find out anything about you, we already know quite enough and have indulged you for far too long. So you can take a hike!
 

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You've stated and repeated that white people are a cancer, it can be reasonably assumed that most posters here are white. So you want another chance to dish out abuse and assign more labels. No need at all to sign up to find out anything about you, we already know quite enough and have indulged you for far too long. So you can take a hike!
Okay. Thanks for letting me know.
 

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Sometimes but not always you can learn more from discussing with people profoundly disagree with as opposed to those you are in basic agreement with.
I disagree with almost everybody here at some point or other. Disagreement I can handle.

But inanity remains inanity.
 

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I would be interested but I'm wondering is this something you can opt in and out of depending on the text under discussion and what texts would you be planning to discuss?
Of course. There won't be any expectation/obligation on posters to participate to any particular degree.

The only real difference compared to a normal discussion is that it will be tightly moderated to keep the discussion on topic.


With regard to the text, the only essential criteria are that it be open-source (i.e. accessible without paying a fee), that it's representative of the discipline (an actual philosophical paper as opposed to some random blogger, for instance), and that enough people find the topic interesting to discuss it.

(Often it's easiest to do this with older texts, but there are examples of contemporary philosophers who make their papers available online as well. There's also loads of articles in the Stanford Encyclopedia that are Open Access)
 

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Would anyone be interested in participating in a Reading Group on this forum?

The basic idea would be to start a thread every now and then based around a single academic article from a political philosopher (one that is available for free, online), and to go through the paper in some detail, examining its arguments and potential objections and so on.

It would be intended for anyone with an interest in the particular topic, or who might just be curious to see what political philosophy looks like.

If there is enough interest, I can propose a couple of open-access texts to choose from depending on what topics people would like to discuss, and we could go from there.


Edit: I should add that such a thread would be actively moderated by myself, to remove off-topic, abusive, and low-quality posts.
And would you edit people's posts in this group?

What would John Locke make of such an abuse of power?
 

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And would you edit people's posts in this group?

What would John Locke make of such an abuse of power?
Hobbes would say it was entirely justified, given that the most effective use of personal power in any centralised society is to cede it to the central power who can use that power back on you.

Th alternative is an endless escalation of personal power struggles, such as a Pie feedback thread.
 

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Would anyone be interested in participating in a Reading Group on this forum?

The basic idea would be to start a thread every now and then based around a single academic article from a political philosopher (one that is available for free, online), and to go through the paper in some detail, examining its arguments and potential objections and so on.

It would be intended for anyone with an interest in the particular topic, or who might just be curious to see what political philosophy looks like.

If there is enough interest, I can propose a couple of open-access texts to choose from depending on what topics people would like to discuss, and we could go from there.


Edit: I should add that such a thread would be actively moderated by myself, to remove off-topic, abusive, and low-quality posts.
I would be interested in that. I can always do with learning more about politics.
 

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As some suggestions I would put forward God and State by Count Mikhail Bukunin the Russian Anarchist not because I agree with it but I think that it takes a lot of what is implied in the beliefs of many people today and takes them to their logical conclusion. I would also suggest Critque of Hegel's Philosophy of Right by Karl Marx and Liberalism, Socialism and Catholicism by Juan Donoso Cortes, Marquis of Valdegamas which is one of the best Traditionalist Conservative books ever written.
 

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I would be interested in that. I can always do with learning more about politics.
A constructive post, which is good. I have no interest in the idea but I think it would be worthwhile for the participants. I also think the modding would be a worthwhile exercise as it might mean a better way forward overall.
 


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