In Defense of Posting Screenshots: A Reply to Jon Cogburn

October 5, 2016 Touchstone 38

Rightly Considered (RC) has received a lot of attention in the wake of the SCP debacle. It was never our intention, really, to keep blogging about this controversy. But our original story on that has now been picked up by several national media outlets and widely read blogs (see here, here, and here for a few examples). In that story, we posted several screenshots of very hateful comments by philosophers that were directed at Prof. [Continue reading]

Philosophers Voting for Trump: A Defense

October 4, 2016 Ideal Observer 13

Several philosophers, including Rob Koons, Daniel Bonevac, and Scott Soames, announced that they would be casting their votes for Donald Trump this election. Justin at the Daily Nous produced a post asking how these philosophers could vote for Donald Trump, and proceeded to document Trump’s well-known (even to conservatives) character flaws. His central question: “What has led these scholars to endorse this horror show of a human being?” Leaving aside the rudeness with which these [Continue reading]

The Hypocrisy of Academic Philosophy

October 3, 2016 Criticus Ferox 64

Recently, the American Philosophical Association sent out a letter to members soliciting money. (For anyone who doesn’t know, the APA is an anti-male, anti-white, anti-American activist group that pretends to be a professional organization for academic philosophy. But put that aside for the moment.) Look at this part of the letter, written by philosopher Robert Audi: We teach the appraisal of arguments, introduce standards of evidence important in any field whatever, and heighten students’ capacity [Continue reading]

Should Christina Van Dyke Resign? We Report, You Decide

October 1, 2016 Touchstone 16

UPDATE: Edward Feser calls for Christina van Dyke’s resignation. We are, to be honest, bored of the Swinburne controversy. This, however, seems worth drawing attention to, but will (hopefully) be our last post on it. Our previous post, Did Swinburne get Swindled?, has received a lot of attention. Among other things, our post was the first to bring attention to Jason Stanley’s appallingly unprofessional comment—“Fuck those assholes”—about Richard Swinburne and conservative Christians. Several outlets have [Continue reading]

Something Stinks in the Philosophy Blogosphere

September 30, 2016 Federal Philosopher 65

Our goal in starting this blog was to add some diversity to the philosophy blogosphere by offering the right perspective on current events and political topics. It’s no secret that the profession of philosophy is extraordinarily leftist, and all the popular philosophy blogs reflect that. Leiter Reports is left. So is Daily Nous. So is NewApps. So is Philosopher’s Coccoon. So is the APA blog. So is PhilPercs. So is PEASoup.* Boiler plate leftism has [Continue reading]

An Open Letter to Michael Rea and the SCP, from a Worried Gay Philosopher

September 28, 2016 Natural Lawyer 26

(Editor’s note: A philosopher who is not associated with this blog asked if we would publish his thoughts about the recent SCP controversy. They are produced below). If you’re reading this, you’re surely aware of the commotion caused by Richard Swinburne’s recent address to the Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP). I wasn’t there, but as I understand it, Swinburne’s jarring conclusion was that homosexual sex is immoral, for reasons independent of those typically offered by [Continue reading]

Did Swinburne get Swindled?

September 26, 2016 Conservatrarian 38

Update: Rod Dreher provides more evidence of the vile hatred directed toward Swinburne here. In case you haven’t already heard, the philosophy gossip blogs are buzzing about the controversy that ensued when an orthodox Christian philosopher defended orthodox Christian ethics at a Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP) meeting. To be more specific: at the latest Midwest meeting of the SCP, Richard Swinburne presented a paper in which he argued for the view that homosexual acts are immoral and [Continue reading]

Blacks in Philosophy

September 22, 2016 Walter Montgomery 34

Recently at Daily Nous, Justin W. posted on the fact that the percentage of blacks in professional philosophy lags behind the percentage of blacks that make up the American population. In the title of the post, he calls this a problem—‘Diversity in Philosophy: Is the Problem Lack of Pre-College Exposure?’. Justin W. summarizes the situation succinctly (and the study from which he pulls the data is here): …though blacks in the U.S. make up over [Continue reading]

Identity Politics: Sensible and Inescapable

September 20, 2016 Criticus Ferox 19

For a long time, the right has complained that the left engages in “identity politics”. They are referring to the practice of appealing to Americans as not simply or even primarily Americans, but as blacks, Latinos, women, homosexual, etc. This divides us and pits us against each other. And that’s very bad. So, we should not practice identity politics. That’s at least what many on the right say. And the answer to identity politics is a politics of individualism. [Continue reading]

The Monolithic Academy

September 16, 2016 Walter Montgomery 2

Anyone who is around academics regularly is bound to encounter academic arrogance, and disdain for traditional, small-town America. For instance, take a look at this piece, featured on Brian Leiter’s blog. What’s it like teaching at a small university in a tiny town? As time goes on, you’ll feel kind of like you live in a time warp and the modern world will become strange and fascinating to you. You’ll meet locals who have never [Continue reading]