Book club

Debating is what this website is all about; a book club seemed, therefore, a natural complement to my personal articles. Here are the what, the why, and the how.

Access

The book club will soon require a membership but the first two chapters’ summary of each book will remain accessible for free. This allows for everyone to measure their interest in participating.

Reading the books themselves is neither an obligation nor a necessity since a summary of each chapter is provided. It is, of course, all the better if the discussion groups lead to a direct exploration of the authors’ work.

Topics and purpose

Topics revolve around political, social, environmental, and economic issues. The selection criteria for the books is that they represent a turning point in the way we can structure our understanding in these fields.

The purpose of the book club is to help to build one’s own judgment by being confronted with the usefulness, originality, and argumentative quality of the authors’ ideas. It is also, obviously, to have meaningful and enriching discussions.

Participation

One or two questions follow each chapter’s summary. Once a member, you can access the various discussion threads in any order you want for any book you want. All members receive the book club newsletter pertaining to the group discussion(s) they originally chose.

Beyond your immediate participation in the comment section, you can also be notified by email of others’ comments in the same thread or of replies to your own contributions exclusively. You can even be updated about the comments of one other participant in particular if you wish to.

Rules

Keeping the book club an enjoyable place is everyone’s responsibility. If you feel that a member is being offensive in some way, it is indispensable that you use the website’s contact form to let it know.

A member who does not follow the rules of mutual respect and common decency will have her/his comments removed from the discussion thread where it happened and will receive a caution message. A second instance of misbehaving will immediately result in a ban from all discussion threads.