There is No Such Thing as “Sexual Orientation”

January 30, 2017 Catholic Hulk 13

Robin Dembroff recently wrote an article entitled “What Is Sexual Orientation?” wherein she takes issue with how sexual orientation is typically understood. She believes that we have “good reason” to resist many of these understandings. Here are some of her reasons: Inadequate understandings of sexual orientation can reinforce heteronormative assumptions (i.e., assumptions that heterosexuality should be privileged within society) by maintaining a majority/minority divide between heterosexuality and other sexual orientations that historically has been normatively [Continue reading]

Yes, Clark, Trump Does Represent, Thanks to the Electoral College

January 27, 2017 Federal Philosopher 2

In a recent HuffPo outburst, professional singer of Plantinga’s praises Kelly Clarkson observes, in characteristically original fashion, that if “the United States were a democracy, Donald Trump would not be president.” True enough. But also true enough, as Clark acknowledges, is the fact that the United States is not a pure democracy but a representational republic, where the president is elected not by popular vote but by the Electoral College (which he calls “weird”). Clark [Continue reading]

A Raging Philosopher

January 25, 2017 Neven Sesardić 14

Philosopher Sally Haslanger (MIT) is very unhappy about how she has been treated by her colleagues in philosophy: There is a deep well of rage inside of me. Rage about how I as an individual have been treated in philosophy. “Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason (Alone)”, Hypatia 23 (2008), p. 221. Well, let’s look at some details from her biography. According to Haslanger’s CV on MIT’s website, although she had [Continue reading]

Doing Political Philosophy Right: Which Graduate Schools To Go To?

January 25, 2017 Touchstone 0

Some of us are occasionally asked what universities we recommend to right-leaning students who desire to work on political philosophy in graduate school. In no particular order, here is a quick list of schools that have some right-leaning faculty members conducive to doing political philosophy: University of Texas-Austin Baylor University of Dallas Arizona Arizona State Tulane UC Boulder Catholic University of America Bowling Green Georgetown George Mason (masters only) It probably does not need mentioning, but there are some fair-minded [Continue reading]

On Animals and the Pursuit of Virtue: A Rejoinder

January 24, 2017 Catholic Hulk 37

Fellow RC blogger AR-15 replied to my post about animals, vegetarianism and the pursuit of virtue. I thank him for his effort, but I regret to inform our readers that much of what he had to say, or at least how he understood my argument, was just wrong. Really wrong, in fact. Consequently, my argument remains unscathed. Here I explain why. I. Misinterpretations AR-15 depicts my argument thusly: In other words, unless one needs to [Continue reading]

I Demand Satisfaction (Part III)

January 22, 2017 Jack Burton 10

In the last post, I referenced a social practice that I referred to as Rational Violence by Duel, a practice underscored by the recognition that human beings do not (and in some circumstances, cannot) always get along. In certain disputes, violence may be the best (perhaps even the only) recourse. Naturally, as with most any social practice, Rational Violence by Duel would be circumscribed by rules, rules the following of which would guarantee (to some [Continue reading]

Hackslanger’s Fake Diversity Challenge

January 20, 2017 Federal Philosopher 3

Apparently “philosopher” SJW-in-chief Sally Haslanger has issued a “diversity fund challenge” to any and all who are unfortunate enough to read her silly Facebook posts. As reported by Daily Douche, it reads: OK, so I’m pissed off, and this is what happens when I’m pissed off. I hear people in our profession complaining about how little diversity there is…right, got it. It is SO TRUE. But some of us have been working on this for [Continue reading]

Implicit Bias: From Early Death to Failed Resurrection

January 17, 2017 Bob le flambeur 6

For the past 10 years, feminist philosophers have tried to place feminism on a scientific footing. In pursuit of that goal, they have turned to social psychology, and in particular, to research on implicit bias and stereotype threat. Among the two, the hypothesis of implicit bias seems to enjoy slightly greater credibility. Even a philosopher as capable as David Papineau wrote, in a review for the Times Literary Supplement, that …as Jennifer Saul stresses in [Continue reading]

Virtue and Killing and Eating Animals: A Response to Catholic Hulk

January 14, 2017 AR-15 13

Recently, the Hulkster has argued that, unless one needs meat for survival or to feed other animals, one should not kill animals for food. He gives two arguments, one theological and the other non-theological.  Since he spends most of his time on the non-theological argument I will focus on it as well. He avoids some controversy in his non-theological argument by making no appeal to the moral status of animals, rather he focuses on human [Continue reading]

Make Philosophy Great Again: End Leiter Reports and Daily Nous

January 12, 2017 Walter Montgomery 24

For many years, Leiter Reports served as the primary philosophy blog for professional philosophy. Many have criticized Leiter for his handling of squabbles with other philosophers, which seemingly led to many wanting an alternative. Into this vacuum Justin Weinberg stepped, creating Daily Nous. Daily Nous seemed like an improvement at first. Leiter’s polemical, ad hominem approach was replaced with the measured and thoughtful attitude of Weinberg. But, over time, it became clear that Weinberg was [Continue reading]