Anti-Conservative Bias on the Job Market

November 20, 2017 Walter Montgomery 10

I once interviewed for a job, and in the process, my interviewers described what the ideal professor would be like at this university. They of course mentioned teaching and research. But they also said that the ideal professor would be someone who is transformative and makes an impact on not just students, but the community. If you are in academia long enough, you know that this is all code. It’s interesting because it’s the exact [Continue reading]

Anti-Women Bias in PEA Soup Awards?

October 12, 2017 Walter Montgomery 0

PEA Soup announced its first annual PEA Soup Awards recently. Scanning the list of winners, I noticed that only two of the eighteen winners were women. This raises an important question: Are there really so few women doing quality ethics and political philosophy, or are the editors and readers of PEA Soup blinded by implicit bias? This doesn’t even come close to matching the rate of women in philosophy. Justin W., what do you think?

The Leadership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, DACA, and the Common Good

September 21, 2017 Walter Montgomery 11

The president, vice president, and chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently released a statement on the administration’s ending of the illegal DACA program, calling the action “reprehensible.” You’ll notice I called DACA “illegal”. That is because President Obama, after going around the country in townhall meetings and correctly reminding frustrated supporters that he couldn’t just use executive action on immigration because he’s not a king, went ahead and did it anyway. Congress [Continue reading]

Happy Birthday, Rightly Considered!

August 26, 2017 Walter Montgomery 4

It’s hard to believe that a full year has gone by, but today is the first anniversary of Rightly Considered! We started this blog out of frustration with how nothing close to our views received any articulation, let alone discussion, on any of the other general philosophy blogs. We wanted to create a platform for right-leaning philosophers to find and talk to each other. In the first year we did 164 posts, and we gained [Continue reading]

A Message for Leftist Professors from Jason Stanley

August 16, 2017 Walter Montgomery 4

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]

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]

Free Agents Killmister and Ripley to Monash

June 21, 2017 Walter Montgomery 5

Daily Nous just reported the blockbuster pickup of the summer: Restricted free agents Suzy Killmister and David Ripley, two philosophers I’ve never heard of, just signed with Monash University. This will surely shake up the Philosophical Gourmet’s very objective rankings, due to be updated soon. Look for Monash to contend for the top spot in Australia, while UConn will have to do some quick work to avoid slipping into the forties amongst U.S. schools.

Basket of Deplorable Links

June 17, 2017 Walter Montgomery 5

A new paper on gender effects in philosophy: “Market outcomes starting in 2014 and going back 10 years offer no evidence women are at a disadvantage in tenure-track competitions. The same can be said for the other objective measures that were examined including publishing and the reputations of home and hiring departments. No statistically significant evidence that pervasive dysfunction in departmental cultures is harming early career market outcomes of budding women philosophers could be found.” (emphasis [Continue reading]

A Look at the Philosophy Behind the Hypatia Affair

June 12, 2017 Walter Montgomery 9

When Daily Nous first broke the Hypatia story from last month with this post, it sparked a flurry of reactions from across the discipline of philosophy. Many far-left feminists objected to the article, claiming that its publication was irresponsible and harmful to both the transgender community and the black community. In this post, I’m going to examine the public Facebook reaction of professor Lisa Guenther at Vanderbilt University, who works in phenomenology, feminism, and mass [Continue reading]

Imre Lakatos Critiques Marxism

June 4, 2017 Walter Montgomery 4

I recently read a short critique of Marxism from Imre Lakatos’ “Science and Psuedoscience” (1973), in which he argues that the key characteristic of a real science is that it is a progressive research programme that makes novel predictions. Marxism, he argues, is a pseudoscience. This is a striking turnaround for him, a one-time hard-line Stalinist who once assisted in the suicide of a teenage girl and played a role in establishing communist rule in [Continue reading]