Intellectual history book club / discussion group?

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Intellectual history book club / discussion group?

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1mconrsullivan
oct. 21, 2012, 10:12 am

I know it's hard to post something like this without seeming pretentious, but I'll give it a try.

I'm interested in the possibility of having some sort of book club or discussion group centered on reading non-fiction books dealing with intellectual history or some specific topic in the history of ideas. For example, reading a classic text from discipline (say, Orientalism) or an important thinker (say, John Rawls or Carol Gilligan) or a topical book on the history of ideas (say, A Brief History of Neoliberalism).

The point wouldn't be to debate topics so much as to understand them better, drawing on the impressive backgrounds and reading habits of Boston book lovers. Sort of like a graduate reading group, but far-reaching and more casual.

It could also be interesting to select a topic and then have individuals read different books on that topic, perhaps books that disagree or approach the topic differently. Then we could get together (a coffee shop? a pub? dinnner?) to discuss their ideas and arguments and see where that leaves us.

Take a look at some of the things I've been reading and where my interests lie (I'd like to think I have broad interests, but I'm technically limited in many, many areas) and let me know what you think.

Thanks
Matt