Well, here we are. I started this experiment back on April 1st, and we are finishing it exactly two months later. What you have been reading during this time is a rare — but hopefully increasingly less so — attempt to bring professional philosophy to a wider public. The blog serialization of The Nature of Philosophy: How Philosophy Makes Progress and Why It Matters was designed to reach both whoever of my colleagues may wish to pay attention (they should, given the topic), but also people who have an interest in philosophy but are neither professionals nor are normally inclined to read technical books in the field. To put it another way: the future of philosophy is too precious, from a cultural perspective, to be left in the hands of philosophers alone, and this is my modest contribution to the wider debate on the nature and status of this ancient discipline.
It has been a bit of a tour de force, with a whopping 29 posts (out of 100 so far on this entire site!), at the rate of 2-5 per week. I wish to thank all readers and commenters who have stuck with it for so long and who have contributed valuable thoughts. There is much to mull over, and the entire series will be permanently available, with all comments sections open. (May I suggest that this would make for an excellent upper undergraduate or graduate course?)
I’m going to take off the rest of the week, leaving my readers and myself some breathing space before returning to “regular programming” next week. Meanwhile, the full book is available for download here, and will be housed among the permanent “collections” at Plato’s Footnote.
Thanks again to everyone, and happy cogitation!