December 20, 2007

Trends in Law Blog Readership

Blog Emperor Caron has, of course, collected the facts!  Traffic stats are, in one sense, misleading, since there are huge differences in visit length between blogs as well.  The average length of a visit to this blog tends to be over one minute and forty seconds most of the time; the average length of a visit to the right-wing Instapundit blog, by contrast, tends to be about four seconds.  So how does one combine these two data points--number of visits and length of visit--for a meaningful gauge of readership?  Who knows?

December 20, 2007 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

December 05, 2007

Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy

This may only be of interest to a limited number of readers, but...I'm delighted to announce that The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy (edited by myself and Michael Rosen) has now been published.  It's an outstanding group of contributors from the U.S., Britain, Australia, Canada, and Continental Europe, including many of the leading senior and junior scholars in the field. Here is a pertinent bit from the "Introduction":

Since the 1970s, we have entered a “Golden Age” for English-speaking scholarship on the so-called “Continental” traditions of philosophy, meaning (primarily) philosophy after Kant in Germany and France in the 19th and 20th centuries. Much of this work has been concerned to introduce and interpret the writings of major individual thinkers and to locate them within a conceptual framework that is familiar to those with a background in the mainstream of philosophy as conventionally taught in Anglophone departments. At the same time, a hallmark of recent scholarly developments is the renewed appreciation for the sometimes distinctive historical and philosophical contexts in which Continental philosophy has been produced, allowing us to appreciate both where the Continental traditions depart from those familiar in the Anglophone world and to assess the philosophical merits of the distinctive philosophical positions developed.

This volume aims to give a representative sample of these important developments in philosophical scholarship, and, more importantly, to give a broad and inclusive thematic treatment of Continental philosophy, treating its subject-matter philosophically and not simply as a series of museum pieces from the history of ideas. Each of the essays takes up a topic from within the field in such a way as to bring key ideas into focus and capture their distinctiveness as well as providing a critical assessment of their value.

December 5, 2007 in Jurisprudence, Navel-Gazing | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

November 10, 2007

"Readability level" of Blogs

Daniel Solove (George Washington) compiles an amusing list of blogs based on their supposed "readability" level.  He doesn't note that my legal philosophy blog and my Nietzsche blog are both at the "genius" level (which shows that "genius" ain't what it used to be).  Of course, readability level is not the same as intellectual level or content, though when one looks at the list of those blogs (and news outlets) purported to be at the "junior high" level, the conflation is tempting!  And when the disgraceful Drudge Report turns out to be at the "elementary school" level, one begins to think this measure is on to something!

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September 18, 2007

"Legal Philosophy: 5 Questions"

An update on the book.

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August 17, 2007

In case you were wondering about the names and affiliations of the 300+ law professors who are now blogging...

...Daniel Solove (George Washington) has the information you seek!  Soon it will be easier to compile a list of law professors who are not blogging.  (Of course, the number who are listed as being members of a blog and the number who actually blog are quite different.)

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July 27, 2007

All Hail the Emperor!

Blog Emperor Paul Caron is 50 years old today.

Happy Birthday Paul!

Like many rulers of vast empires, he has chosen to celebrate his birthday with an act of extraordinary magnanimity:  he will forego his 50% of the revenue on the blog empire in 2008, turning it over to us, his minions!

All hail Blog Emperor Caron!

(Some bit of the preceding, I confess, is not true.)

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June 24, 2007

Brian Leiter Links Page

Your (nearly) complete Brian Leiter links page, which some readers may want to switch out for their current links to this or my other pages.  (I've got another Brian Leiter links page as well, which I may fill out further, though the Naymz site was a bit easier to use I thought.)

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May 04, 2007


So I'm getting asked this enough, that I should probably post something, especially given some of the weird rumors circulating in Cyberspace that have been sent my way the last couple of months.  I do have an offer from the University of Chicago Law School, where I had a very rewarding visiting stint last fall.  It's an outstanding law school and university, and I'm grateful to have the option of joining them.  Decisions like this are extremely complex, but I'll post mine in due course.  Thanks to those who have inquired.  (Chicago also has offers out to two other senior faculty, which I'll post about if and when I get the OK to do so from those involved.)

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April 26, 2007

"Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy"

...has now been published in the U.S.  It is available in paperback, so hopefully someone will read it!

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March 24, 2007

"Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy"

My book of this title was published in Britain two days ago; happily, it is available in paperback right away.  It should be "officially" out in the U.S. in the next month or two.

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