ISW readers may remember that last year we did an online reading group here on James Lang's book On Course. We've decided to reprise that format, but this time the text is Martha Nussbaum's Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities. Nussbaum's book is not directly related to teaching philosophy, but the ISW contributors thought that, with so much pressure being put on philosophy departments to justify their existence in this period of economic stress, a discussion of the larger aims of humanities pedagogy is opportune.
So here's our plan: Each ISW contributor will be posting a long-ish entry on the book, with posts Mondays and Thursdays of each week, starting August 30. Please pick up Nussbaum's book and join our conversation!