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]
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 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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]