Something Stinks in the Philosophy Blogosphere

September 30, 2016 Federal Philosopher 65

Our goal in starting this blog was to add some diversity to the philosophy blogosphere by offering the right perspective on current events and political topics. It’s no secret that the profession of philosophy is extraordinarily leftist, and all the popular philosophy blogs reflect that. Leiter Reports is left. So is Daily Nous. So is NewApps. So is Philosopher’s Coccoon. So is the APA blog. So is PhilPercs. So is PEASoup.* Boiler plate leftism has [Continue reading]

An Open Letter to Michael Rea and the SCP, from a Worried Gay Philosopher

September 28, 2016 Natural Lawyer 26

(Editor’s note: A philosopher who is not associated with this blog asked if we would publish his thoughts about the recent SCP controversy. They are produced below). If you’re reading this, you’re surely aware of the commotion caused by Richard Swinburne’s recent address to the Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP). I wasn’t there, but as I understand it, Swinburne’s jarring conclusion was that homosexual sex is immoral, for reasons independent of those typically offered by [Continue reading]

Did Swinburne get Swindled?

September 26, 2016 Conservatrarian 38

Update: Rod Dreher provides more evidence of the vile hatred directed toward Swinburne here. In case you haven’t already heard, the philosophy gossip blogs are buzzing about the controversy that ensued when an orthodox Christian philosopher defended orthodox Christian ethics at a Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP) meeting. To be more specific: at the latest Midwest meeting of the SCP, Richard Swinburne presented a paper in which he argued for the view that homosexual acts are immoral and [Continue reading]

Blacks in Philosophy

September 22, 2016 Walter Montgomery 34

Recently at Daily Nous, Justin W. posted on the fact that the percentage of blacks in professional philosophy lags behind the percentage of blacks that make up the American population. In the title of the post, he calls this a problem—‘Diversity in Philosophy: Is the Problem Lack of Pre-College Exposure?’. Justin W. summarizes the situation succinctly (and the study from which he pulls the data is here): …though blacks in the U.S. make up over [Continue reading]

Identity Politics: Sensible and Inescapable

September 20, 2016 Criticus Ferox 19

For a long time, the right has complained that the left engages in “identity politics”. They are referring to the practice of appealing to Americans as not simply or even primarily Americans, but as blacks, Latinos, women, homosexual, etc. This divides us and pits us against each other. And that’s very bad. So, we should not practice identity politics. That’s at least what many on the right say. And the answer to identity politics is a politics of individualism. [Continue reading]

The Monolithic Academy

September 16, 2016 Walter Montgomery 2

Anyone who is around academics regularly is bound to encounter academic arrogance, and disdain for traditional, small-town America. For instance, take a look at this piece, featured on Brian Leiter’s blog. What’s it like teaching at a small university in a tiny town? As time goes on, you’ll feel kind of like you live in a time warp and the modern world will become strange and fascinating to you. You’ll meet locals who have never [Continue reading]

Social Justice Grading

September 13, 2016 AR-15 3

I’ve often wondered what system or set of standards my leftist colleagues deploy when assigning grades. Do they give all students C’s regardless of outcomes on tests? Or A’s? Do they only grade effort but not performance? Do they make easier assignments for students who come to college with lower ACT/SAT scores? After all, not everyone comes to college with the same level of intelligence or virtues applicable to succeeding in the academy.   So some will have [Continue reading]

Transgenderism’s can of worms: age, race, and species

September 9, 2016 The Oxonian 6

One set of popular theses in contemporary political discourse is connected to the recognition and rights of transgender persons: persons who, in some sense, feel either that they are of a different gender to that assigned to them at birth, or to that of their biological sex †. While, as conservatives, we are crucially committed to the equality and dignity of transgender persons, we here cast doubt on what we take to be some of [Continue reading]

Would Socrates Issue a Trigger Warning?

September 7, 2016 Federal Philosopher 3

No, he wouldn’t. Trigger warnings and safe spaces, we argued in an earlier post, stifle the honest and open pursuit of truth. That, after all, was the purpose of Plato’s Academy, and was later adopted as the original purpose of the university, too (on which see John Henry Newman’s The Idea of the University). But more than that, the university also used to be a place to learn to experience what John Stuart Mill called [Continue reading]

Unhappy Labor Day!

September 5, 2016 AR-15 3

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of unions.  (No surprise from a conservative blog!)  Growing up with family in and out of unions, my general experience was that union work tended to be more expensive for shoddier work.  In the construction industry, the union carpenters (e.g.) would have more leverage for securing larger jobs even though it was widely known that their work was of lesser quality.  So from personal experience, I come [Continue reading]