Recently, the American Philosophical Association sent out a letter to members soliciting money. (For anyone who doesn’t know, the APA is an anti-male, anti-white, anti-American activist group that pretends to be a professional organization for academic philosophy. But put that aside for the moment.) Look at this part of the letter, written by philosopher Robert Audi:
We teach the appraisal of arguments, introduce standards of evidence important in any field whatever, and heighten students’ capacity to articulate their own views. There is no realm of human existence we do not explore, no difficult question we are afraid to face, no serious idea we will not consider [emphasis added].
Pardon me while I laugh. Look, I’m not trying to pick on Audi. This is a sentiment that philosophers express all the time: that we are fearless explorers of the intellectual world, going wherever the arguments and evidence lead, waking people from their dogmatic slumbers, blah blah blah. It’s total bullsh*t.
Yes, if you are against homosexuality, or hold that traditional sexual roles for men and women are reasonable, or think that it’s obviously sensible for the United States to severely restrict immigration and to deport illegal aliens, or think that the reason that black people are arrested and jailed more than whites is that they commit more crime, or anything else that conflicts with the standard radical leftist view, academic philosophers are certainly very willing to “explore” the ways you are wrong. If, on the other hand, you want to question the standard radical leftist views, good luck with that.
There’s a reason the contributors to this blog have pseudonyms. And it’s not because of modesty.
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