Roger Scruton chats with James Delingpole of Breitbart

June 23, 2017 Jan Sobieski IV 0

When the venerable Sir Roger Scruton speaks, I listen. One of my favorite spokesman for conservatism and always a gentleman, he shares his insight on the recent elections in Britain, Islam and the West, the state of the left, what it means to be conservative, and much more on James Delingpole’s daily podcast for Breitbart News. It’s definitely not one to miss. The scrutable Scruton’s a fount of wisdom from which anyone who endeavors to [Continue reading]

Free Agents Killmister and Ripley to Monash

June 21, 2017 Walter Montgomery 1

Daily Nous just reported the blockbuster pickup of the summer: Restricted free agents Suzy Killmister and David Ripley, two philosophers I’ve never heard of, just signed with Monash University. This will surely shake up the Philosophical Gourmet’s very objective rankings, due to be updated soon. Look for Monash to contend for the top spot in Australia, while UConn will have to do some quick work to avoid slipping into the forties amongst U.S. schools.

Nature: From Order to Mechanism and then Feminism and Other BS

June 19, 2017 Catholic Hulk 15

It seems clear to me that the modern day sickness afflicting the West today, with its moral scepticism, feminism and liberalism, stems from the abandonment of the pre-modern Christian worldview, particularly its emphasis on nature and the natural order. Let me explain. Nature and the natural order was once seen as immanently ordered, purposed-driven, reasoned, moral, and hierarchical. God was the ruler of all things and all things were, ultimately, dependent upon Him and existing [Continue reading]

Basket of Deplorable Links

June 17, 2017 Walter Montgomery 5

A new paper on gender effects in philosophy: “Market outcomes starting in 2014 and going back 10 years offer no evidence women are at a disadvantage in tenure-track competitions. The same can be said for the other objective measures that were examined including publishing and the reputations of home and hiring departments. No statistically significant evidence that pervasive dysfunction in departmental cultures is harming early career market outcomes of budding women philosophers could be found.” (emphasis [Continue reading]

Mills College and Academic Freedom

June 13, 2017 Touchstone 0

Sadly, the Mills College board of Trustees is scheduled to ratify its Financial Stabilization Plan, which includes terminating the Philosophy and Journalism Departments. It will also terminate tenured professors in those departments. In response, a petition has been started to preserve these departments in the name of academic freedom. I found this confusing. Although I think philosophy (and not journalism—lol) is “a cornerstone of a liberal arts education”, and I don’t want to see it cut, [Continue reading]

A Look at the Philosophy Behind the Hypatia Affair

June 12, 2017 Walter Montgomery 7

When Daily Nous first broke the Hypatia story from last month with this post, it sparked a flurry of reactions from across the discipline of philosophy. Many far-left feminists objected to the article, claiming that its publication was irresponsible and harmful to both the transgender community and the black community. In this post, I’m going to examine the public Facebook reaction of professor Lisa Guenther at Vanderbilt University, who works in phenomenology, feminism, and mass [Continue reading]

Looking for Heretics: Bernie Sanders and Religious Liberalism

June 11, 2017 Catholic Hulk 14

A few day ago, Senator Bernie Sanders questioned Russell Vought’s beliefs regarding salvation. Here’s Vought’s questioned belief: Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned. Sanders didn’t like this belief. Here’s a bunch of stuff Sanders said to Vought and others as reported by Emma Green (see here):   “In my view, the statement made by Mr. Vought [Continue reading]

Imre Lakatos Critiques Marxism

June 4, 2017 Walter Montgomery 4

I recently read a short critique of Marxism from Imre Lakatos’ “Science and Psuedoscience” (1973), in which he argues that the key characteristic of a real science is that it is a progressive research programme that makes novel predictions. Marxism, he argues, is a pseudoscience. This is a striking turnaround for him, a one-time hard-line Stalinist who once assisted in the suicide of a teenage girl and played a role in establishing communist rule in [Continue reading]

Basket of Deplorable Paris Agreement Links

June 2, 2017 AR-15 5

Cato: The Scientific Argument Against The Paris Climate Agreement Andrew McCarthy’s  Legal Analysis of  Obama’s Illegal Actions The U.S. Can’t Quit the Paris Agreement Because It Never Joined The Ineffectiveness of Such Agreements on Reducing Carbon Is Global Warming a Myth: This Climate Scientist Says, “Yes” The 97% Consensus Fraud Debunked Here and Here