Daily Nous’ Justin Whineberg should check his privilege and stop writing this garbage, unless he wants Trump elected for a second Term in four years. Whineberg arrogantly assumes that philosophers are, and should be, shocked and frightened by the election results. So in his little moment of soul-searching introspection that would make an emo Barnes & Noble barista blush, he asks, What should we (philosophers) do as a philosophical community, now that Trump has been elected?
How about: consider that you seem to have no clue about the average American; that you probably have no living, breathing, full-blooded conservative friends; that you don’t understand religion; that you have inverted moral qualia compared to the common man; that people don’t care about discursive reason as much as you do, and never will; that some “cognitive biases” actually track the truth, and that truth is precisely contrary to what you take to be true; that people don’t like to be told that they’re stupid and deplorable and that they must listen to the enlightened technocrats, etc.
You say you want to make people better, more virtuous, more moral, and you think the primary way to do that is to get them to think about useless thought experiments and logic chop away at them. But you couldn’t be more mistaken. You must be moral. Students need real moral exemplars, not sanctimonious propagandists or clueless logicians. But that’s your problem. You aren’t moral exemplars. And you can’t expect to be successful with your students as the uninspiring, vindictive, manipulative, pusillanimous, condescending blowhard bullies you are, especially when you and your colleagues have made your careers out of disguising those vices as virtues.
As to your stupid question: As a philosophical community, we should continue to do philosophy, teach in a fair and balanced manner, and give students the skills to reach their own conclusions rationally. But, if we’d like the philosophical community to become a community of political hacks with no concern for the truth, thereby undermining the actual pursuit of real philosophy, then I suggest starting a blog, and naming it Daily Nous.