Sorry about the hiatus, all.
Now that it’s summer, let’s try again to generate some conversation that isn’t just me.
How’s this for a dinner-party type question: what are you reading RIGHT NOW, powers-related? Let’s see what we’re all thinking about.
I’m reading three things.
First is Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology, by Tuukka Kaidesoja. Along with Dave Elder-Vass (The Causal Power of Social Structures, Cambridge, 2010); the wonderful Dan Little (too many things to list; his fantastic blog is Understanding Society); and maybe some others (I’m not on top of the logistics), I’ll be taking part in a to-be-published review symposium of the book.
Second is Aryeh Kosman’s The Activity of Being: An Essay on Aristotle’s Ontology, which I started but then had to set aside. I think that this is going to be really good — and crucial for those of us who want to insist that powers are about not-necessarily-actualized activities – kinds of doing – and not (ultimately) about anything other than that.
Third, my friend Lawrence and I are reading Watkins on Kant, painstakingly, and talking about it via Skype. We took a detour to read some Leibniz, so we could see better what Watkins thinks Kant was doing, prior to the CPR. We’re finally up to the good stuff, as Lawrence put it.