For my readers in the Auburn area: the Auburn Philosophy Club will be hosting a panel discussion on the subject of The State this coming Wednesday, October 12th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Gnus Room (the used bookstore and coffeeshop next to Amsterdam Café, near the intersection of Samford and South Gay; map here). The choice of topic is partly in honour of the PPE (philosophy / poli sci / econ) program were developing.
Therell be brief presentations from two or three faculty members (including your humble correspondent) and two or three students, followed by general discussion. (My presentation will focus on how, contra Locke, the undesirability of people being judges in their own case is actually an argument against the state, not for it.)
These meetings tend to be fairly popular, and the Gnus Rooms meeting space is not exactly enormous, so those interested should try to arrive early to be sure of finding a seat. (Also make sure to try the coffee its the best in town.)