Would Socrates Issue a Trigger Warning?

September 7, 2016 Federal Philosopher 3

No, he wouldn’t. Trigger warnings and safe spaces, we argued in an earlier post, stifle the honest and open pursuit of truth. That, after all, was the purpose of Plato’s Academy, and was later adopted as the original purpose of the university, too (on which see John Henry Newman’s The Idea of the University). But more than that, the university also used to be a place to learn to experience what John Stuart Mill called [Continue reading]

Trigger Warning: Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces are Dumb

September 1, 2016 Federal Philosopher 5

A friend of ours who studied philosophy at a top university once told us an amusing anecdote. Prefacing a course on classical philosophy, the professor explained that he would not be reading the ancient philosophers through the lens of modern values and so, for example, would not impose on them gender-neutral pronouns and would not censor any perceived “misogynistic” or “bigoted” language. This didn’t sit well with some of the students, who rudely began to protest [Continue reading]

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About Rightly Considered

August 26, 2016 Federal Philosopher 9

We are academics—graduate students, professors, and independent scholars, mostly in, or closely associated with, the profession of philosophy—who are on the political right. Obviously, we won’t always agree with each other on everything. We have no specific checklist of positions or statement of faith. But we all generally identify with the tradition of philosophical conservatism that began with ancient sages like Plato and Aristotle, carried on by Christian thinkers like Augustine and Aquinas, continued through [Continue reading]