I like high-quality written debates for which (1) one ‘top thinker’ on the subject makes an argument, (2) four or more other top thinkers on the subject reply, and (3) then the first author writes a final reply to his or her critics. I think of these as “symposium-style debates,” as contrasted with e.g. the Oxford-style debates seen in Economist Debates and elsewhere. (Is there another name for them?)
- Boston Review‘s Forum
- Cato Unbound
- Brain and Behavioral Sciences
- Psychological Inquiry
- American Journal of Bioethics (almost: there’s no final reply in this case)
- Various journal special issues and academic edited volumes that serve as symposia for published books or invited papers/chapters
Know of other examples?