When the four of us got together and started PEA Soup a couple of years ago, we all lived in Southern California and met regularly as part of a reading group. It seems fitting, then, to celebrate PEA Soup’s second birthday (coming up this June 15) by having a virtual reading group here at PEA Soup. We’ll be reading Derek Parfit’s Climbing the Mountain, a book that is currently “in press” with Oxford University Press. We’ll read a chapter a week, and, each week, one of us four will start things off by posting a brief précis on that week’s chapter. Those participating in the reading group can then use the comment section of that post to discuss the chapter. (If the discussion seems to get too long or divergent, then any “PEA Brain” may of course choose to start a new thread on some specific issue.)
We’ll begin with a post on Chapter 1, Thursday morning, June 1st, followed by a new post each Thursday morning for the next eleven weeks, corresponding to the book’s eleven chapters. Those interested in participating should download the manuscript from this web site. Please be sure that you’re working with the latest version of the manuscript, the one that’s available from the aforementioned web site, so that we can consistently refer to pages and passages in the manuscript.
We hope that you’ll join us in this reading group and in wishing PEA Soup a happy second birthday. And a big “thanks” goes out to everyone who has helped make it a great place to discuss ethics. –The Editors