Free Agents Killmister and Ripley to Monash

June 21, 2017 Walter Montgomery 1

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 7

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]

A New Philosophy Resource

May 30, 2017 Walter Montgomery 0

There is a a relatively new resource available to philosophers looking to publish work, which readers might find useful. This website gives information on 182 different philosophy journals’ average time of review, the percentage of papers accepted for publication, the quality of the review, the overall experience with the journal, and the average time to publication.

Changes Coming

May 18, 2017 Walter Montgomery 0

Changes are coming to Rightly Considered. I wanted to take a moment to announce that, as some of our regular contributors finish up semesters. We started this website with hopes that it might gain some following, but not really knowing what to expect. We didn’t know whether anyone outside of ourselves would care. What we learned in the following months was that people do care—we’ve had a number of other major blogs link to us, we’ve gotten [Continue reading]

Hypatia: A Bridge Too Far?

May 10, 2017 Walter Montgomery 4

Some might look at the recent outrage over Hypatia‘s publication of Rebecca Tuvel’s paper defending transracialism as an indication that the radical left in philosophy has finally gone too far—we have finally hit the high water mark of cultural Marxism in the academy. I don’t see much grounds for optimism here, if you are on the right. The fact of the matter is that this is an in-house fight between people unified in their belief [Continue reading]

Earth Day

April 23, 2017 Walter Montgomery 9

Caring for the environment is important, but I’ve never celebrated Earth Day. This is because it is largely a propaganda tool for the left, used to define what caring for the environment means on their terms. It’s worth looking at the history of how Earth Day came to be. The first Earth Day was in 1970, and was purposely tied to the anti-Vietnam student protest movement of the time period, as is openly admitted by [Continue reading]

Quick Reaction: Was the Syria Strike Morally Permissible?*

April 8, 2017 Walter Montgomery 18

Thursday’s U.S. missile strike on Syria, in response to the earlier chemical attack by Assad’s regime, makes for great applied ethics material. I don’t have much time to explore this event in depth, but I thought I’d write up some brief thoughts on whether the strike was morally permissible, and then open it up for further discussion in the comments thread. I’ll set aside questions concerning whether this was prudent, whether it was Trump breaking [Continue reading]

A Response to Jenkins and Ichikawa: If You Like Your Mononormativity, You Can Keep Your Mononormativity

March 25, 2017 Walter Montgomery 6

This post was inspired by the recent widely read Chronicle of Higher Education’s “I have Multiple Loves”, featuring University of British Columbia philosopher Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins. The subtitle is, “Carrie Jenkins makes the philosophical case for polyamory,” but there isn’t much of a case made. Instead, it’s more of an extended interview in which Jenkins rebuffs some rather weakly stated objections to polyamory. The article touches on many other topics too, such as analytic philosophy [Continue reading]