A student has called to my attention that a conference has been planned on Ronnie Dworkin's as-yet unpublished book, Justice for Hedgehogs. The conference will taker place at Boston University's Law School in two weeks.
I'm puzzled. As I mentioned, the book has not been published. It's not even available for pre-order on amazon. If memory serves, Dworkin gave the Dewey Lecture at Columbia a decade ago, and this was his title. But those lectures have not been published, either. What's the point of having a conference on a book that nobody has read?
Oh... I get it now. Some people-- certain well-chosen and very lucky folks-- have read it. The conference is for those fortunately selected to be in the inner circle. In short: If you have to ask the questions I just asked, the conference is not for you.