We are academics—graduate students, professors, and independent scholars, mostly in, or closely associated with, the profession of philosophy—who are on the political right. Obviously, we won’t always agree with each other on everything. We have no specific checklist of positions or statement of faith. But we all generally identify with the tradition of philosophical conservatism that began with ancient sages like Plato and Aristotle, carried on by Christian thinkers like Augustine and Aquinas, continued through Enlightenment-inspired geniuses like Burke, Tocqueville, and the American Founders, up to economic theorists like Belloc and von Hayek and contemporary authors like Kirk, Buckley, and Sowell. At the heart of this tradition is a family resemblance-related set of beliefs that we think uniquely promotes human flourishing. Whatever contradicts or subverts those beliefs not only inhibits human flourishing, but often promotes evil and suffering.
Such beliefs include, but are not limited to, the belief that all human life is intrinsically valuable, and in virtue of that all humans have natural rights, chiefly the right to live and have their life protected, the responsible exercise of individual liberty, and private ownership and management of justly acquired goods. Those rights are grounded in an objective reality—e.g., God, human nature, or both—not government. That reality entails a proper order to family and societal structures, as well as gender and sexuality norms. Maximal respect for those rights will almost always involve minimal intrusion, and most matters should be handled at the level of the closest appropriate authoritative body. These beliefs about ordered liberty and decentralization of power, when extended to the market, generate an economic system that creates more wealth and destroys more poverty than any other.
There is little doubt that the overwhelming majority of academics today are leftists, if not militantly anti-right. We are convinced that they, in some form or another, contradict or subvert the aforementioned beliefs (among others), and so, wittingly or not, inhibit human flourishing and promote evil and suffering. But the fact is that leftists are the power brokers of academia today, and so have the luxury of taking their leftist dogma for granted. Publicly questioning leftist dogma often leads to ostracism and discrimination. We’re tired of being dismissed as crazy and immoral, tired of being censored and bullied, and even more tired of seeing countless students influenced by only one side—a side we find highly unconscionable, to say the least.
We, as academics on the right, created this blog to share perspectives on politically related topics and current events that are rarely represented in other academic blogs, or anywhere else in academia for that matter. Some of our posts will be research oriented. Some of our posts will be critical replies and rebuttals. Some will be satirical and comical. Some will be expository and info-sharing. Some will be philosophically exploratory. But all will be rightly considered.
A former police officer, AR-15 (or “AR”) knows the difference between an assault rifle and home defense rifle. AR now fights with other weapons and demolishes arguments. He agrees that the pen is mightier than the sword, but he isn’t so stupid to bring a pen to a gunfight.
Bob le flambeur
Bob le flambeur is a professional philosopher who enjoys the finer things in life, but who is afraid that his opinions about politically sensitive topics are becoming unaffordable. Hence, he has decided to go underground
Catholic Hulk is a traditional conservative and a Canadian. He regrets the latter because of the hippies and the laïcité of the French.
Charles has degree in philosophy and is currently studying in France. He is staunchly Catholic, staunchly opposed to leftism, and wants to save western civilization. For some reason, he thinks studying philosophy might help achieve that goal.
Common Sense holds two masters degrees, one in philosophy and one in theology, and recently earned his PhD. Common Sense’s primary interests include: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, and Applied Ethics (especially in regards to political philosophy). Common Sense has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. As a professor who is a religious conservative with some libertarian tendencies, Common Sense has been discriminated against on multiple occasions on the basis of religious and political beliefs while teaching at two different American institutions.
Criticus Ferox was relegated to the basket of deplorables because he refused to embrace the vilification and destruction of his nation, culture, race, sex, and way of life.
Eudaimonic Conservative is a philosopher who has published in ontology, epistemology, and philosophy of science. He is interested in the nature and structure of rationality, and finds methodological skepticism to be a useful heuristic in evaluating the strength of arguments and their connection to the truth. As an academic, however, he has found leftism to be an active (and often acted upon) threat to this sort of free-thinking. Raised in a leftist household, Eudaimonic Conservative entered into college as a leftist. Over time, he slowly discovered that the first principles of “progressivism” are both false and dangerous to human well-being. And yes, he honors the right to bear arms.
Federal Philosopher is a philosophy graduate student in New Jersey. She was awakened from her political slumbers after reading biographies of Margaret Thatcher. She loves philosophy, but thinks the profession has been hijacked by a bunch of leftist bullies who are little more than partisan journalists that happen to know philosophical jargon. She carries a recurve bow and quiver full of arrows at all times, so as not to trigger leftists by saying she packs a .380 in her purse.
A jaded but jolly bearded giant with former aspirations in professional philosophy, Fideist spurned the profession after it spurned him. He’s now chasing more lucrative endeavors in the private sector, although he still thinks about all that ills the world, and often wonders when Almighty God will make good on His promise to make all things new.
Henry Fowler teaches philosophy in a Celtic land, and believes we are probably living in the End Times.
This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I’m talkin’ to whoever’s listenin’ out there. When not doing historical philosophy, he’s fighting the forces of evil (i.e., Lo Pan, his minions, and leftists). To those who fear university bureaucrats, “social justice” activists, and anyone with a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker, just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol’ storm right square in the eye and he says, “Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.”
Jan Sobieski IV
For Jan Sobieski IV, the West is on the precipice of ruin again. With interests in journalism and philosophy, he’s a millennial convinced we’re living in another Vienna, 1683. Sobieski IV aspires to help lead the pivotal charge for Western civilization against those seeking to overrun or open her gates—these days, they’re one and the same, deserving nothing but the fury of the winged hussar reborn.
Lucius Vorenus is a philosopher somewhere in the United States. A former libertarian, he would now describe his views as a mix of classical liberalism and Burkean conservatism. He also thinks academic philosophy is long overdue for a shake up.
Natural Lawyer is the lead editor of Rightly Considered. He teaches philosophy at a religious institution somewhere in the southwestern United States. He has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals defending traditional moral positions. He enjoys long walks with his dog and eats at Chick-Fil-A as often as he can.
Sesardic has taught philosophy at universities in Croatia, United States, Japan, England, and Hong Kong. His books include Making Sense of Heritability (Cambridge, 2005) and When Reason Goes on Holiday (Encounter, 2016). He has also published articles in leading philosophy journals like Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Science, and the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
Smith teaches philosophy out in liberal America, where life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.
From out west comes the philosopher Ragnar, a keen student of western political and moral thought and an eager champion of the Christian tradition. He finds the canons of western civilization to be rich and fruitful resources for moral reflection that have withstood the test of time. Boasting a solid footing in reason and a grasp of human nature, their wisdom plants the standard for future inquiry and critique. Versatile and adaptable, this inheritance is far from being exhausted. When not doing philosophy, Ragnar enjoys watching feats of strength and contests of skill with his family.
Son of Liberty
Son of Liberty is a conservative libertarian philosophy graduate student specializing in ethics who thinks the current economic stagnation is one of the major problems facing civilization and that cloning Ronald Reagan is the solution.
That Single Individual
Striving to be set apart from the shrewdness of today’s world of academic philosophy, That Single Individual does philosophy in the hope that his work might stir others to faith in Jesus. This flippant disregard for career idolatry has made him unpopular in certain circles, a fact he only considers cause for thanksgiving, since it means he knows something the placement directors and esteemed chairs won’t admit to anyone, especially themselves: there are in fact fates worse than never becoming an assistant professor!
Former feminist turned conservative. PhD. Proud helpmeet. Teaches at a liberal arts school somewhere in the Midwest. Enjoys hunting and eating animals. Favorite musician: Hank Williams Jr.
Walter is a philosophy graduate student in New Hampshire. He sometimes wishes he was a lawyer, and other times wishes he was a basketball coach. Some of his favorite childhood memories involve traveling with his immediate family, grandparents, and cousins’ family in big gas-guzzling vans towing campers. He sees philosophy as a tool for getting at Truth, and thinks too many contemporary philosophers see it as a tool for advancing their ideological preferences.
- Epidemic of Strange Injuries Afflicting Professional Philosophers - May 4, 2017
- Philosophy Professor Assaults Trump Supporters - April 20, 2017
- An Even More Modest Proposal - February 17, 2017
- Yes, Clark, Trump Does Represent, Thanks to the Electoral College - January 27, 2017
- Hackslanger’s Fake Diversity Challenge - January 20, 2017
- A Prudential Argument Against Homosexual Behavior - January 3, 2017
- The Pedagogy Paradox for Conservative Professors - December 6, 2016
- The Girls Who Cry Wolf - November 29, 2016
- What the Electoral College and the Free Will Defense Have in Common - November 16, 2016
- How to Thrive in Philosophy as a Woman - November 14, 2016