How Our Profession Rewards Ignorance

August 18, 2017 Bob le flambeur 0

What fills my mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more I reflect on it, is how the philosophy profession can continue to pretend that all is well with research on stereotype threat and implicit bias. The latest instance that caught my attention is Luc Bovens’s article on affirmative action, which was published recently in the top journal Mind. The article makes substantial empirical assumptions about the uncertainty afflicting the selection of [Continue reading]

Is White Nationalism Racist? Is Racism a Defeater?

August 18, 2017 Catholic Hulk 3

Is American White Nationalism Racist? Suppose we understand the concept of American white nationalism as a political view with two central theses: Firstly, it is the belief that that the American nation was formed by whites with European heritage and ethnicity and that the American nation requires the political and cultural dominance of whites with European heritage/ethnicity; and secondly, because of the first thesis, whites should be politically and culturally dominant in America. This definition [Continue reading]

A Message for Leftist Professors from Jason Stanley

August 16, 2017 Walter Montgomery 3

Jason Stanley has a message for leftist professors, and I just thought I’d help him get the word out as far and wide as possible. Yes, it’s true, leftist professors. Jason experienced this first-hand when the so-far-right-they-are-Genghis Khan website Rightly Considered published his Facebook status, which said “Fuck those assholes,” about the stately Richard Swinburne and supporters of traditional views on sexual ethics. Of course, they completely ripped it out of context! So be careful leftist [Continue reading]

“Unite the Right” and Richard Spencer’s Alt-Right

August 14, 2017 Catholic Hulk 13

Richard Spencer and his crew had a “unite the right” protest or demonstration earlier (see here). I’m sure everyone knows about it. Spencer also posted his thoughts on what it means to be alt-right (see here).  I don’t know if Spencer’s thoughts about the alt-right movement are definitive, but I do know that “the right” cannot be united if it includes Spencer’s alt-right movement. I also know that I cannot unite with Spencer’s movement. Let [Continue reading]

Basket of Deplorable Links

August 11, 2017 Walter Montgomery 3

Poll Finds More Germans fear the Spaghetti Monster that ISIS (or might as well). You should be skeptical of arguments for open borders (duh). Is climate science Dadaist science? Friend of the blog, Neven Sesardic, weighs in on whether philosophy really improves thinking for students. Angelo M. Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston University writes, ‘The Rise of Political Correctness‘. Is the political thought found in Martin Heidegger a threat to liberal democracy? [Continue reading]

The Google Gulag

August 10, 2017 Bob le flambeur 23

A lot has been written on Google’s firing of James Damore, the author of an internal memo about the assumptions underlying his former employer’s “diversity” program. Whether or not one agrees with the memo, it certainly is in line with mainstream scientific research concerning differences in interests, abilities, and mental illnesses between men and women. Others have pointed this out here, here, and here. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) accepts that women are more strongly disposed [Continue reading]

A Hulkly Response to Bernstein’s Rejoinder

August 3, 2017 Catholic Hulk 0

So C’zar Bernstein replied to my criticism of his article on the death penalty. I thank him for that. You can see his rejoinder here. You can see my initial reply here and his initial piece here. This exchange can get confusing for readers, so I will try to be clear and concise in this response. That said, this is a rather long blogpost, so I apologize in advance. If I address this issue again, [Continue reading]

Charlie Gard: A Lesson in Conservative Cluelessness About the Culture Wars

August 2, 2017 Jan Sobieski IV 2

In recent weeks, the right-wing commentariat has made quite the fuss about a European court that ordered the removal of life support for Charlie Gard, the infant son of Chris Gard and Cathy Yates who was afflicted with a rare genetic mitochondrial disease. And rightfully so – death panels, the rationing of care, and other grotesqueries are the result of a government-run healthcare system. The Gard family just provides a face for it. However, many [Continue reading]