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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019); AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021); and HOW WE BECAME POST-LIBERAL: THE RISE AND FALL OF TOLERATION (2024).

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Voices of Disbelief on its way

Okay, so the deal is that Udo Schuklenk and I will be co-editing a book, provisionally entitled Voices of Disbelief, which will contain 50 to 60 relatively short essays by prominent people explaining why they are not religious believers - why they don't accept the existence of the Abrahamic God, or subscribe to other religious doctrines. The essays will be diverse - philosophical, autobiographical, humorous, something else entirely, or a combination of some or all of the above.

Once the contract is with me, I'll be signing off.

We have an excellent publisher: Blackwell, now part of Wiley-Blackwell, which will have the muscle to distribute the book internationally. I have a wonderful and dedicated co-editor, and we've assembled an enviable list of expected contributors. However, unless any of them want to out themselves here or elsewhere, I won't name names in public just yet. We need to put in some time to talk to them all and make sure they're all happy with the way the project has shaped up.

However, I guess it's fine for me to say that four have already delivered their essays, and that the quality is going to be high if these end up being typical. Indeed, there's no reason for the quality to be anything else, given the calibre of the people involved. (There are a lot of people on the list whose names my regular readers will probably know, without expecting to find them appearing together in a book like this.)

It's all happening, folks. As this comes project to fruition over the next year or so, culminating in publication of the book some time in 2009, I'll say more. Meanwhile, please help us get the word out. We need to start generating a bit of buzz if we can.


Brian said...

Oh yes, Can I order it on amazon yet?

Russell Blackford said...

It's a little early for that, mate. Ask me about it this time next year.

On the other hand, you should be able to order the new hardback edition of Kong Reborn:


Coathangrrr said...

Is this going to be mainly people from Australia or from all over?

Russell Blackford said...

All over. Mainly US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia. I think that the US and UK are most heavily represented, but there are also quite a few Aussies. Actually if our list continues with no modifications between now and publication we'll have representation from every continent except Antarctica.

Anonymous said...

It sounds likely to be a good representation of ideas and opinions, as well as a darn good read, of course.

Robin said...

I'm already excited for this, and I don't know who the contributors are at all. Buzz this early is just going to frustrate me if I have to wait another year for it!