Well, I was also planning on reading "The Scarlet Pimpernel" By Baroness Orczy over break as well. Would you want to do a fiction reading group with that one? I hear nothing but amazing reviews of it.
I think we could do as K-Mac suggested. One fiction, one non-fiction. There'd be no necessity that if you read the Non-fiction, that you'd have to do the Fiction, or vice versa. It's just there for those of us who'd like to do both.
As for what adrock said, I have a preference for non-fiction just because I invest more of my time in fiction anyway. And as nice as it is to have these poetic, esoteric discussions of man, one really needs to be able to speak in specifics and to ground ones beliefs in facts, which one needs the non-fiction for.
and in regards to format, I agree with Snerd:
Forum threads allow flexibility of communication as well as a record of our thoughts in case we want to go back to them (in chat, they disappear forever once you close the window)
Indeed. Perhaps this should include someone giving a summary of each chapter? One's reading of the text will be effected by simply what someone understood a certain section to mean, as in, what it was literally trying to say. If we have someone giving their account, and someone disagrees with that, then we know that their difference in judgement of the topic and anything they have to say about it is tied to that reading, and we can check if our reading is correct itself.
As far as the mechanics of when we begin, the first week or two of January would be a nice start, in that people will be resetting their schedules, allowing them to fit this new item in. And, it gives people the time to get a bit of a head start over the Christmas holidays, if they want to give it a briefer read-through first.
Edited by Tenure, 10 December 2008 - 03:55 PM.
The Head of Philosophy, on York University - queried on the coverage of Objectivism, said:
I see - you mean the 'philosophy' of Ayn Rand. No, we do not teach it and as far as I know it is not taught in any Philosophy Department in the UK.
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