We are pleased to announce the fourth installment of our collaboration with Ethics, in which PEA Soup hosts a discussion of one article from each issue of the journal, and the journal makes a copy of that article freely available (for a limited time) to our participants.

Our featured article is Mikhail (Mike) Valdman's "Outsourcing Self-Government" (Volume 120, Issue 4).  The article is now available here.  We are also very pleased that Steve Wall has agreed to provide a précis of the article to introduce the discussion, which will begin next Monday, August 2nd.

Professor Valdman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Commonwealth University and specializes in normative ethical theory and political philosophy.  He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University in 2003, and he has since published articles in a number of journals, including American Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Utilitas, Philosopher's Imprint, Bioethics, Social Theory and Practice, and now of course Ethics.  This upcoming academic year, Mike will be Faculty Fellow at the Murphy Institute's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs.

Professor Wall is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona and specializes in political philosophy.  His recent publications include “Collective Rights and Individual Autonomy,” Ethics (2007), “Democracy and Equality,” Philosophical Quarterly (2007) and “Self-Ownership and Paternalism,” Journal of Political Philosophy (forthcoming).  He is the author of Liberalism, Perfectionism and Restraint (Cambridge, 1998) and has co-edited two books: Perfectionism and Neutrality: Essays in Liberal Theory, with George Klosko (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003) and Reasons for Action, with David Sobel (Cambridge, 2009).

We're all looking forward to a terrific discussion!