Vincent F. Hendricksand John Symons are preparing a sequel to their relatively new book, Formal Philosophy: Aim, Scope, Direction (see recommendation in the side-bar). The idea behind their first book was to ask important figures in formal philosophy (e.g., Hintikka, Williamson, van Benthem) five questions about the field:
(1) Why were you initially drawn to formal methods?
(2) What example(s) from your work illustrates the role formal methods can play in philosophy?
(3) What is the proper role of philosophy in relation to other disciplines?
(4) What do you consider the most neglected topics and/or contributions in late 20th century philosophy?
(5) What are the most important open problems in philosophy and what are the prospects for progress?
All in all, the answers make up quite amusing and stimulating reading for both philosophers with an inclination towards formal methods, and logicians with an interest in philosophical problems. And realizing its potential, the authors have now decided to broaden the concept in quite an ambitious manner. The sequel, which will feature the same five questions, will be open to the masses working within the field. That's right - you can make your own contribution to the book by sending answers to the questions. Here are some words from the authors:
The answers will be collected, compiled and published as a book by Automatic Press / VIP; edited by Vincent F. Hendricks and John Symons. If you would like to participate and give your view on formal philosophy, please follow the instruction set immediately below. Deadline for your contribution is September 15, 2006. Follow this link for more: http://www.formalphilosophy.com/Masses/index.html
Personally, I must admit that I'm quite eager to see whether the sequel will draw some of the prominent people in the field not featured in the first book. Especially, I would be interested to see what perspective some of the St. Andrews faculty members (Stewart Shapiro, Graham Priest and Stephen Read) would offer on the topic. Other people, (in no particular order) such as Greg Restall, Dag Prawitz, Schröder-Heister, Gomez-Torrente, Dorothy Edgington, plus the authors themselves, would also, I believe, provide valuable answers. In other words, send them in!