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Stephen_Hawkins
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12/30/2013 1:52:29 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Hey Guys!

I've been messing around with this idea for a little while now, and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a website focused on practical philosophy (so ethics, axiology, political philosophy, applied ethics, and occasionally moral anthropology and political science, and the philosophies of subjects). It would focus firstly on works of previous philosophers and especially their published material, followed by work generally applying their ideas.

It would try to take a lawyer approach to evaluation where each piece of work is criticised on points of weakness, then built stronger if possible. This type of analysis then would be in each work bias one way or another (so for example a review of Spencer or Malthus may seem somewhat socialist, or a criticism of Plato may seem libertarian) but overall there would be no institutional bias. This of course is an ideal. The work however would focus on exposition of the material fairly and accurately, followed by this analysis and evaluation.

The idea would be to produce work accessible to undergraduate and high-school level (or sixth form level if you're British like myself) that would be an accurate and philosophical book review, that does not have to meet the intellectual rigor (and therefore occasional obscure style) of an academic journal.

This post is 1) to gauge interest with who would like to use such a site, and 2) to see if anyone would like to help write it. I'm not great with websites, so help in this department would be great. It'd of course involve some free website like wordpress, but I'm not a graphic expert and someone to make it look nice would be great. Moreover, I know there's some tech experts who can do a lot more than I can.
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ClassicRobert
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12/30/2013 1:54:23 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I would definitely read it, though I'm not well read enough to contribute. Good luck!
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Stephen_Hawkins
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12/30/2013 2:19:07 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 12/30/2013 1:54:23 PM, ClassicRobert wrote:
I would definitely read it, though I'm not well read enough to contribute. Good luck!

Good to hear!

I'm thinking about starting with Ancient Greek thought (Plato's Republic and Laws - as well as others if other people can do them - and Aristotle's Politics and Nichomachaean ethics, and some Stoics).

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I'll write if I'm allowed to publish on the philosophy of physics.

It depends. I'd rather it be on general philosophy of science, and in particular the methodology behind it. My worry would be that physics is technical, and I don't want to a) isolate readers and b) start off with a heavy bias in favour of physics. I'd rather hit a core market of practical ethics, and then branch a little into these fields. Is there anything in mind you had in particular?
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