March 19, 2013
Good food, good discussion - in which a variety of perspectives are enabled to be heard in sincere and productive discourse aimed at mutual understanding (and thus at times, while discussion of ideas may get "heated" this does not imply/entail disrespect of people. Add to this the option of good wine for those who enjoy it - and what, in the spirit of the ancient symposium - a long-lost "art" of intellectual discourse which proved its potential to influence/impact society - can open up individual voices and discussions as well as providing a delight for the senses ... And I think I'd find the ideal setting form the "idea" of a fabulous experience. Only being improved upon if some obtain new insights, perhaps alter their existing views, and a general increase in understanding - and then add the one further possibility of translating that experience into a broader public discourse and thus further potentially having a real impact in practice, and on society, and it would be "ideal."
Where to start? Perhaps not a mere interest but what I understand as in most critical need of exposure, understanding, and critical attention: the conscious removal of the normative understanding, thus the moral end and foundation of law (justice) and politics (common good), as modern academia has forced study of this domain in a misguided understanding and flawed model of "science," building from 19th century theories, taking root in the US by the turn of the century, and providing the dominant (and generally uncritically accepted) paradigm by mid-20th century - resulting in research further extending misunderstanding distorting the concepts while failing to transmit, in teaching, proper understanding as well as appreciation of the essential moral nature of these subjects, further divided into disciplines that speak past one another eliminating the interdependence of these subjects, contributing to a similar loss in & constituting a fundamentally flawed yet unchallenged practice
No favorites per se - part of the excitement and adventure, beyond the substantive core of the event, would be the exposure to and experience of something new.
As legal/political theorist/scholar committed to practical-principled action as a citizen, my respect for law/politics as essentially moral concepts, while removed by the disciplines and ignored institutionally in practice, has gotten me into trouble