Author, Author: Policy of Truth becomes a group blog

As I said a few posts back, I was planning this week to turn Policy of Truth into a group blog . To clarify what that means: the website as a whole will remain my personal site, but the blog will become a group blog, where bloggers will have the status of Authors. According WordPress:

An Author can create, edit, publish, and delete only their own posts, as well as upload files and images. Authors do not have access to create, modify, or delete pages, nor can they modify posts by other users.

The blog involves no overarching doctrinal, ideological, or political commitment beyond a commitment to truth. I’ve just invited a motley crew of co-bloggers who’d have interesting things to say.

Right now, Policy of Truth has three bloggers besides me:

Derrick Abdul-Hakim, who’s in the final semester of the MA program in philosophy at San Francisco State University, and planning to attend the doctoral program in philosophy at the University of London, Birkbeck.*

Carrie-Ann Biondi, who’s an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College, and my co-editor at Reason Papers (which, by the way, is imminently about to come out).

David J. Riesbeck (“djr”), who’s a Postdoctoral Fellow in Classical Studies at Rice University (and has just introduced himself, and posted on Aristotle and egoism just below).

In case you were wondering, I’m Irfan Khawaja, aka the “khawajaenator.”

So I guess so far, we’ve got one Muslim, one non-egoist non-libertarian Aristotelian, one disaffected Randian malcontent, and Carrie-Ann.** (Exercise for the reader: match the description to the person.) And rest assured: there’s more to come.

I’ll let my co-bloggers introduce themselves when they write their first post, and will eventually put their “official” bios up on the “About the blog and its bloggers” page. For now, welcome on board to all three of you, happy blogging, and let the mayhem begin. (Thanks to David, it already has.)

*I originally misdescribed Derrick as a doctoral candidate in philosophy at SFSU.

**I had originally misdescribed Carrie-Ann, as well.


6 thoughts on “Author, Author: Policy of Truth becomes a group blog

  1. Hey, I thought I said you could call it rational egoism if you wanted to. I don’t like using the term because I end up having to go through the whole litany of kinds-of-egoism-and-views-of-well-being-and-the-rest every time I do, or else I end up being misunderstood. But as you have defended egoism, I’m curious whether you take the view as I outline it as non-egoistic in some more substantive sense beyond its not being a caricature.

    I’m going to suppose, by the way, that you are the Muslim and that Derrick is Carrie-Ann’s ex-wife.


    • For now, I’m just going to say that my description only commits me to saying that you’re not an egoist. I mean, you can’t be one if you don’t like using the term, right?

      As for your last supposition, I’m trying to figure out how long it will take for subtle disconfirming evidence to come in.

      I asked for mayhem, didn’t I?


      • You guys…. I’d rather like to be known as something a bit more descriptive than Irfan’s ex-wife. How about “neo-Aristotelian, rational ethical egoist, Objectivist-ish person who loves teaching philosophy and being-alive-in-the-world-with-good-people.” 🙂 (Irfan: *eyeroll*)

        Looking forward to participating in the blog discussions here and to contributing a post now and again!


  2. What, you don’t like being identified entirely in terms of your relations to men? What kind of radicalism is this?

    Another man I admire to whom you have been closely related is Fred Miller. But in the spirit of recognizing your independent existence, I should say that I’ve also appreciated your work on Aristotle, particularly on the common advantage and the mixed constitution. But your philosophical interests are impressively varied, and I’m glad that you’ll be adding to the mix that Irfan is concocting here.

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    • Well, not exactly, David–that’s not what I was thinking at all. It’s true that I’m Irfan’s ex-wife, just as it’s true that I wrote a dissertation under the co-supervision of the wonderful Fred Miller (with whom I also studied ancient Greek translation for ten years–yay!). I just didn’t want to leave it at that, and was looking for a fuller description. 🙂

      I’m glad that you’ve appreciated some of the work I’ve done on Aristotle’s politics (and ethics), and look forward to developing discussions here along those lines. There will be other topics as well, as you’ve surmised, so there shall be some Harry Potter and Ayn Rand (among other fun stuff) in the mix.


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