Left-Leaning Bias in Ethics Textbooks

April 13, 2017 Natural Lawyer 32

Introductory courses in applied ethics often utilize anthologies that purport to offer a balanced series of pro/con readings on any number of controversial moral issues. The readings contained in these textbooks are intended by their editors to be representative of the strongest arguments made by scholars on opposing sides of the moral, political, and social spectrum. While a few textbooks admirably achieve this goal, a good number of ethics textbooks — including several that are widely used in colleges and universities — [Continue reading]

Gun Rights are not God-Given

December 7, 2016 Natural Lawyer 9

Many conservatives refer to the right to own a gun as “God-given.” The idea is supposed to be that gun rights are not just political inventions, but natural rights that any society must recognize and respect. I think there is some truth to this, but I don’t think it makes sense to refer to gun rights as “God-given.” Natural or God-given rights are claims to basic goods that are absolutely essential for our flourishing as [Continue reading]

Election Reflection VI: Daniel von Wachter

November 27, 2016 Natural Lawyer 15

Today’s post by Daniel von Wachter (International Academy of Philosophy, Liechtenstein) is the sixth and final post in a series featuring invited reflections on the recent election from right-of-center philosophers. These philosophers are otherwise not associated with Rightly Considered and should not be assumed to hold views expressed by anyone else on this blog. van Wachter is Professor and Director of the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein. He earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Hamburg and a DPhil [Continue reading]

Election Reflection V: Philippe Lemoine

November 26, 2016 Natural Lawyer 8

Today’s post by Philippe Lemoine (Cornell University) is the fifth post of a six-part series, each featuring invited reflections from a number of right-of-center philosophers. These philosophers are otherwise not associated with Rightly Considered and should not be assumed to hold views expressed by anyone else on this blog. Philippe Lemoine is a PhD student in Philosophy at Cornell University, where he specializes in the Philosophy of Science. I was already planning to write a Facebook [Continue reading]

Election Reflection IV: Harold Fine

November 23, 2016 Natural Lawyer 6

Today’s post by Harold Fine is the fourth of a six-part series, each featuring invited reflections from a number of right-of-center philosophers. These philosophers are otherwise not associated with Rightly Considered and should not be assumed to hold views expressed by anyone else on this blog. Fine is a professor at a research university somewhere in the United States who, after some reflection (about the possible consequences from close-minded leftists) chose to write under a pen name. [Continue reading]

Election Reflection III: Spencer Case

November 22, 2016 Natural Lawyer 17

Today’s post by Spencer Case (University of Colorado, Boulder) is the third of a six-part series, each featuring invited reflections from a number of right-of-center philosophers. These philosophers are otherwise not associated with Rightly Considered and should not be assumed to hold views expressed by anyone else on this blog. Case is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, a 2012-13 Fulbright grant recipient to Egypt, and a former Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute. He writes [Continue reading]

Election Reflection II: John Kekes

November 21, 2016 Natural Lawyer 2

Today’s post by John Kekes (Emeritus, University at Albany) is the second of a six-part series, each featuring invited reflections from a number of right-of-center philosophers. These philosophers are otherwise not associated with Rightly Considered and should not be assumed to hold views expressed by anyone else on this blog. Kekes earned his PhD from the Australian National University and is the author of numerous articles and books, including Against Liberalism, A Case for Conservatism, and The Illusions [Continue reading]

Election Reflection I: William F. Vallicella

November 20, 2016 Natural Lawyer 23

Now that there has been time for cooler-headed reflection, we reached out to a handful of right-of-center philosophers for comment on the recent election. Today launches a six-part series, each featuring one of these philosophers’ reflections. These philosophers are otherwise not associated with Rightly Considered and should not be assumed to hold views expressed by anyone else on this blog. Today’s post is by William F. Vallicella (PhD, Boston College). Vallicella has taught philosophy at [Continue reading]

Censor This.

October 7, 2016 Natural Lawyer 60

It is our intention to return to “regular” posting after this post. On September 26th, we brought attention to a series of demeaning and profane Facebook comments that were posted by leftist academics in the wake of the Swinburne controversy. Instead of condemning these disgusting comments by their colleagues, the left’s response has been to (1) attack us for posting them and (2) ostracize us by refusing to link to our posts, even going to far as [Continue reading]