Basically, I'm thinking a set of two books: the first book is supposed to be a concise introduction to philosophy, but includes the entire corpus of every philosopher whose work physically touches the book, either by actually coming in contact with the book itself or something that the book touches (i.e. a bookcase). It's a relatively thin book with a non-euclidean number of pages of easily readable text. The other one is a commentary on the first one for more advanced readers, with every philosopher in the first book giving an exhaustive commentary on each individual work in the first book. They also respond to each other's commentaries, appearing to stop because of frustration (implying intelligences exist in the book) or because they are satisfied that their opinions have been correctly expressed. This volume has similar properties to the first one, containing far more pages than the book should reasonably contain. Also, each owner of the set has their own internal dialogue from the time of their acquiring the books to their time of losing them written under their name as their personal life philosophy. Commentaries under their name also appear based on what their thoughts are of various philosophies. Other philosophers commentate on the owners' thoughts. These items are classified safe. I'm considering broadening what is considered "philosophy by the book" Containment is just having the books in two separate bookcases with no other books. Thoughts? I know self-writing books get boring after a while, but I thought this was worth beating a dead horse over.
What I'm imagining is that this is, basically, facebook for philosophers. Which wouldn't necessarily make a bad mainlister or a bad -J, depending on how you cared to pull it off.
If I recall correctly, a lot of the ancient greek philosophers considered it virtuous to elaborately troll each other. That could be hilarious to get into, especially with some of the other cultures where that sort of thing doesn't happen.
Sorta; it would also pull in propaganda and non-scholarly works with a philosophical bent. The people depicted would act however they like within the book. I'm also thinking about a section of blank pages that allow actual communication between people in the real world and the philosophers in the book. I would prefer to do this as a main-lister for sure though.