Coming Soon:

The following books by Robert Paul Wolff are available on Amazon.com as e-books: KANT'S THEORY OF MENTAL ACTIVITY, THE AUTONOMY OF REASON, UNDERSTANDING MARX, UNDERSTANDING RAWLS, THE POVERTY OF LIBERALISM, A LIFE IN THE ACADEMY, MONEYBAGS MUST BE SO LUCKY, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE USE OF FORMAL METHODS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.
Now Available: Volumes I, II, III, and IV of the Collected Published and Unpublished Papers.

NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE: LECTURES ON KANT'S CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON. To view the lectures, go to YouTube and search for "Robert Paul Wolff Kant." There they will be.

To contact me about organizing, email me at rpwolff750@gmail.com




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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

BRIAN LEITER - BLOG

Several days ago, my son, Tobias [the law professor] forwarded to me an essay on legal positivism by Brian Leiter, a philosopher and law professor at the University of Chicago. The essay is extraordinarily clear, precise, and well-written [and also true, as it happens], something that is rare in every field of intellectual endeavor. I found Leiter's email address on line, and had a very nice exchange of emails with him. It turns out that he has a quite elaborate blog, visited each day by maybe one hundred times as many people who check in here. You can find it at www.leiterreports.typepad.com Check it out.

5 comments:

Ann said...

I'm wondering if there is emerging a new index of "value," such as the number of blog comments, the rank in Amazon's book sales, the score on "rate my professors".....and is this better or worse than richest person in the world (where Carlos Slim has now edged out Bill Gates and Warren Buffett)?

Please enlighten..... :-)

Eoin said...

I owe a lot to Brian Leiter. When I was an undergraduate philosophy student, his ranking of graduate programs helped steer me away from a career in philosophy, something for which I am eternally grateful!

Several years later, I wrote a piece for a (now-defunct) progressive website. He noted it in his blog and it was circulated throughout the blogosphere, helping me get the job I have today.

I wonder what he'll do next for me?

MarcusAquinas said...

It is through Brian's blog that I encountered yours and have been reading through the archives. The mind boggles (in a complimentary sense) and I foresee many return visits and promise to keep the kvetching to a minimum.

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Welcome, Marcus. Kvetch away. I come from a secular New York Jewish family in which people showed affection by having violent intellectual arguments.

Ann, I love the new way of measuring value. It is anarchistic, bottom up, anti-authority. Who knows where it will lead.

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Eoin, that is good to hear ab out Leiter. All too few successful academics take the time to help those on the way up.