Will the Real Privileged Person Please Stand Up?

January 11, 2018 Federal Philosopher 40

Is there any doubt that the uptick in the number of people coming out as transgender is the result of the following two distinct but closely related factors? (1) Suggestibility. Children and young adults who, in the course of going through normal maturation processes, explore non-heterosexual ideas or behaviors are being encouraged to think of themselves as transgender. Arguably, some are even being compelled to. Further, many with non-heterosexual desires who would otherwise simply identify [Continue reading]

How to Bypass Peer Review in Publishing in High Profile Venues

January 2, 2018 Federal Philosopher 6

…without, of course, having a colleague pull strings in your favor, which we know never happens. Here is a pattern I’ve noticed for a while: A particular topic becomes popular in some field. A group of highly touted cool kid Jr. scholars in that field post and circulate half-baked drafts on the topic. The drafts become widely known, not due to their merits, but because such-and-such cool kids have drafts on them. “Cutting edge” drafts, [Continue reading]

Why Do Progressives Hate History?

September 29, 2017 Federal Philosopher 4

Progressives and progressive movements are notorious for whitewashing, censoring, and attempting to re-write history. The recent statue controversy is just one example among many. Why is this a progressive impulse? History in general is the best argument against progressive ideals, so there’s that motivation. But I think there’s something deeper involved. Their endless charade of constructivist theories suggests that at the heart of progressivism is a repudiation of the fixed and unalterable. Progressives disdain anything [Continue reading]

Philosophy Professor Assaults Trump Supporters

April 20, 2017 Federal Philosopher 5

The “AntiFa” protestor who swung a bike lock into Trump supporters’ heads seems to have been identified as  philosophy professor Eric Clanton. Looks to be a charming fellow. Hopefully he will be officially identified and quickly charged with multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon. “When Fascism comes to America, it will be called anti-Fascism.”

An Even More Modest Proposal

February 17, 2017 Federal Philosopher 5

As an avid animal rights and abortion activist, you may have been asked by a conservative, in a dishonest attempt to score rhetorical points against you, how those two positions can be consistent. “How can you with one hand fight to have the moral status of animals recognized and protected, yet not fight with the other to have the moral status of human fetuses recognized and protected?” they ask. In their book-length response to this [Continue reading]

“Baby it’s Cold Outside”: Consent, Commitment, Sex, and Leftist Prudes

December 24, 2016 Federal Philosopher 4

As if we needed any further confirmation that leftists really have no clue about sex, exhibit 343,553,432 is the recent hysteria over the classic song “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” What a sexy song! Are leftists really so sexually obtuse that they can’t see that the song is about the sexual tension between a man and a woman in the throes of romance? Of course, the guy is trying to seduce her. But here’s the thing: [Continue reading]

The Girls Who Cry Wolf

November 29, 2016 Federal Philosopher 7

Here is a sober article on the discrimination hypothesis against women in philosophy. The authors identify six lines of argument for the hypothesis, and in each case find that proponents of the discrimination hypothesis, who include distinguished philosophers in fields such as philosophy of science, metaphysics, and philosophy of language, have tended to present evidence selectively. Occasionally they have even presented as evidence what appears to be something more dubious—for example, studies supporting the discrimination [Continue reading]

How to Thrive in Philosophy as a Woman

November 14, 2016 Federal Philosopher 12

In the wake of the election results, we realize that many women in philosophy might be feeling discouraged or even traumatized at the prospect of having Mister Serial Braggart Potty Mouth Trump as president, since his ascension to power will no doubt empower all men to go out in the streets and start grabbing women by the p*ssy. It is already practically impossible for a woman to survive in the field of philosophy for very long. Early drop out rates are much higher [Continue reading]

Why the Alt-Right is Ult-Wrong

October 29, 2016 Federal Philosopher 134

For much of my (young) adult life, I thought of myself as a political skeptic of sorts, and proudly so. The philosophical questions I was and am interested in seemed so much more important, and I felt like I could actually get traction on their answers. The bias, manipulation, lies, and bullshit inherent to political discourse, on the other hand, made it seem like a skepticism-inducing Matrix, and I had no desire to enter it. [Continue reading]

Did Swinburne get Swindled?

September 26, 2016 Federal Philosopher 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]