Each week, we will be opening a thread so that folks can share what they’ve been reading (with regard to their research or teaching prep). The hope is not only to discuss what members are reading and why, but also to shed light on some work that others might not be aware of; nothing fancy here, just a forum to discuss what we’re reading and how we’re thinking about it. So, whether you’re reading Susan Wolf’s “Moral Saints” to prep for teaching it again in your ethics class, or reading Michael McKenna’s Conversation and Responsibility to help develop your thoughts on a dissertation regarding a new theory of blame, we’d like to hear from you. I just read a very nice essay from Alfred Archer titled “Saints, Heroes, and Moral Necessity,” which you may or may not have heard of. I’m reading this to stay abreast on what people are writing about compassion these days, as I am working on a volume titled The Moral Psychology of Compassion. Feel free to mention articles, chapters, and books, and don’t be afraid to chime in and ask questions of those who have posted, or to ask for further recommendations.
So, what are you reading this third week of January?