I’ve always been ambivalent about summers. On the one hand, I love the freedom, but since I typically feel as if I squander my freedom, I often find myself depressed and down on myself during the summer. I’d like to try to change this pattern and so I’m hereby announcing a number of summer reading projects. These projects consist of READING books of general philosophical/intellectual interest and WRITING notes on what I’ve read (a la Josh’s Dostoevsky project, but not nearly as erudite or insightful). The writing component of the project should motivate me to actually do the reading and ‘process’ what I’ve read. Ideally, it will also spur discussion amongst my fellow OP-ers….
So, the Summer Reading Projects are…
1. A collection of essays in Disagreement (Oxford, 2010). These essays explore a hot topic in epistemology–viz., what should we do when our ‘epistemic peers’ disagree with us? Are we rationally required to suspend judgment, revise our views, etc.?
2. Peter Van Inwagen’s An Essay on Free Will (Oxford, 2002). VI is generally regarded as a great source of powerful arguments against Compatibilism, and since I lean toward Compatibilism, it’s about time I read VI.
3. Thomas Hurka’s The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters (Oxford, 2011). Hurka addresses a really old and really interesting question that I devote several weeks to in my introductory classes–viz., what makes our lives go well or poorly? Hurka’s stuff is really good, so I expect he’ll have a lot of fresh takes on some old debates.
First post should appear tomorrow, and after that a steady flow.