Criticus Ferox

Nagging Philosophy Shrews and Their Enablers

From this wonderful project: It is well established that women are under-represented in philosophy at all levels. There is also some data on the under-representation of women in journals. However, further data is necessary to see more clearly what has gone wrong No. Further data is definitely not necessary to see clearly what has gone wrong. It’s this: white men, in some kind of pathetic, disastrous, misguided quest for justice, have allowed women to use some of the oldest tricks in the woman book – nagging, scolding, and manipulating – to gain unwarranted benefits and advantages over them. Good job, you emasculated losers!

Read More...October 24, 2016
Catholic Hulk

On the Words “Homophobia” and “Heterosexism”

The word ‘homophobia’ likely had some good operational use when it was coined by G. Weinberg in the 60s-70s, which at that time referred to irrational fear or phobia of persons with same-sex sexual inclination. But now homophobia has a plurality of definitions, with even one scholarly work robustly defining homophobia to encompass any negative criticism of homosexuality or same-sex sexual behaviors. (Fyfe, 1983). Some of these newer, broader definitions have led some commentators to lament, claiming that these uses have lost operational precision. (Hudson and Ricketts, 1980). William O’Donohue and Christine Caselles (1993) take the concern further by arguing..

Read More...October 21, 2016
AR-15, Jack Burton

The New Jim Crow: Introduction

Leftists, particularly those race-obsessed experts in the righteous (though admittedly mysterious) discipline of victimology, have of late been trumpeting the cause of one Michelle Alexander, full-time attorney, “advocate” (whatever that means), and part-time legal professor at several notable universities. The “cause” is set forth in her recent best-seller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New York: The New Press, 2012).  In the Foreword, Cornel West says that it is “an instant classic” and claims that “The New Jim Crow is the secular bible for a new social movement in early twenty-first-century America” (ix).  According to..

Read More...October 20, 2016
Conservatrarian, Ronnie Raygun

The Left Injects Its Poison Into Everything Else, So Why Not Sports?

The ratings are in. According to USA Today, “NFL games…were down 11% for the first six weeks of the season when compared to a similar point last year.” What’s the explanation for the drop in viewership? The USA Today article makes a big deal of the election and the two debates. Since the media blames him for everything else, maybe Trump’s to blame for this as well! Or maybe, just maybe, this has something to do with Colin Kaepernick’s and his ‘Black Lives Matter’ comrades’ manifestly irrational anti-American flimflam. A Yahoo Sports/YouGov poll released last month found that 44% of NFL fans said they..

Read More...October 19, 2016

Society of Biblical Literature Bans IVP Over LGBTQQIETC

“In the name of diversity, the Society of Biblical Literature is banning InterVarsity Press from hosting a book stall at its 2017 meeting. For those not familiar with InterVarsity Press, it is one of the premiere Christian academic publishers in the world, not just the United States.” See here as well for more on the story. What do you think? More bullying from the tolerant and inclusive left?

Read More...October 19, 2016
Federal Philosopher

What is Metaphysics, and Why Do Feminists Care?

What is metaphysics? Better: what is the subject matter of metaphysics? Historically speaking, the subjects Aristotle covered in Ta Meta ta Phusika are: the rational investigation of the nature of divinity, of being qua being, and of the most basic principles of logic and causality that underlie all of reality. As the discipline of philosophy gets increasingly technical and specialized, its various sub-fields become divided up into more fine-grained classifications. Today we tend to think of each of the subjects in Aristotle’s Metaphysics, as well as subjects within those subjects, as their own fields of philosophy. Rational inquiries into the..

Read More...October 16, 2016
Catholic Hulk

Jordan Peterson and the Pronoun Imperative

Jordan Peterson is a tenured psychologist at the University of Toronto. He recently acquired some fame and notoriety for his public comments regarding some progressive gender ideologies and the use personal pronouns (See here, here and here). Peterson denied recognition for the “right” of other people to choose the personal pronouns that he is use when speaking to or about them, particularly if those pronouns are not part of Standard English or are loaded with ideology contrary to his own. Some members of the cultural left were unsettled by Peterson’s public claim, though I argue that Peterson’s stance, or something..

Read More...October 14, 2016

Did Columbus Commit Genocide?

Although the official holiday commemorating the event was celebrated this past Monday, Christopher Columbus in fact landed in the Americas today, October 12th. Each year the usual leftist memes and narratives about evil white people inflicting genocide on peaceful natives are wheeled out, and this year was no exception. Very typical is this article on Salon, for example, where we read: The destruction of the Indians of the Americas was, far and away, the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world,” Stannard wrote in his book “American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World…

Read More...October 12, 2016
Ideal Observer

The Futile ‘Beyond the Pale’ Strategy

Liberal academics often prefer to dismiss arguments in favor of socially conservative views rather than engage them. This is done, in part, on a principled basis: Since conservative views are (supposedly) excessively harmful to minorities, treating arguments in their favor as worthy of consideration contributes to the perception of conservative views as at least somewhat reasonable. But we cannot have that; and so we must exclude conservative arguments from the realm of polite discourse and as entirely unworthy of any reasonable person’s attention. We must treat them as “beyond the pale,” just as we treat, say, racism or Nazism (though, curiously, often not Communism). Witness..

Read More...October 11, 2016

Oderberg on Cooperation and Morality

David Oderberg has a forthcoming article in the Journal of Medical Ethics that contains a discussion of the Supreme Court’s reasoning in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In short, Oderberg agrees with the conclusion of the Hobby Lobby case, but disagrees with the reasoning employed by Justice Alito. From a blog post summarizing his article: [M]y view is that the Hobby Lobby decision was correct. The Supreme Court, however, came to the right conclusion for the wrong reasons, for in the end the majority sidestepped the philosophical questions – not wanting, understandably, to get bogged down in difficult theoretical issues going beyond case law and statute…

Read More...October 10, 2016