The Futile ‘Beyond the Pale’ Strategy

October 11, 2016 Ideal Observer 38

Liberal academics often prefer to dismiss arguments in favor of socially conservative views rather than engage them. This is done, in part, on a principled basis: Since conservative views are (supposedly) excessively harmful to minorities, treating arguments in their favor as worthy of consideration contributes to the perception of conservative views as at least somewhat reasonable. But we cannot have that; and so we must exclude conservative arguments from the realm of polite discourse and as entirely unworthy [Continue reading]

Oderberg on Cooperation and Morality

October 10, 2016 Muckraker 2

David Oderberg has a forthcoming article in the Journal of Medical Ethics that contains a discussion of the Supreme Court’s reasoning in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In short, Oderberg agrees with the conclusion of the Hobby Lobby case, but disagrees with the reasoning employed by Justice Alito. From a blog post summarizing his article: [M]y view is that the Hobby Lobby decision was correct. The Supreme Court, however, came to the right conclusion for the wrong reasons, for in the [Continue reading]

The (Oh Too) Common Assumption

October 9, 2016 Jack Burton 16

Jack Burton: You know what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like this? Thunder: Who? Jack Burton: Jack Burton. ME! We refer to it as “the common assumption”. Strictly speaking, it is this: the assumption that within the hallowed halls of Academia the default political position is – because it ought to be – far left. Over a decade ago, Mark Bauerlein referred to it as follows: “The assumption is that all the [Continue reading]

For the Record…

October 9, 2016 Touchstone 32

Update: We’ve been informed that our critics have abandoned the campaign to write an open letter. As such, we’ve removed the original text of the letter as a gesture of goodwill. You know, we’re trying to get back into the habit of making substantive posts, but our critics can’t stop trying to smear us. Jon Cogburn tried to do so by asserting, without even a hint of argument, that our publishing screenshots of Facebook comments of nasty and hateful [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]

Jason Stanley’s Response to Rightly Considered

October 6, 2016 Conservatrarian 25

Last night, Prof. Jason Stanley cordially e-mailed Rightly Considered to request that we post a comment of his to our most recent post regarding the Swinburne/SCP controversy (he’d attempted to do it himself, but we’ve been having technical difficulties with our site). Prof. Stanley’s comments and clarifications are most welcome, so, in fairness and deference to him, we’ve decided to make an independent post out of them so that as many people as possible can [Continue reading]

Leiter on ‘Bigotry’

October 6, 2016 Ideal Observer 29

In a post yesterday, Brian Leiter continued to report on the Swinburne controversy. He also responded to my comment regarding his original post. On the one hand — aside from his silly and tendentious characterization of the traditional Christian view of sexuality as “anti-gay bigotry” — Leiter does make legitimate points concerning the Swinburne debacle. He also notes the characteristically imperious devices of the academic left, a la Stanley, Kukla, et al. (Fortunately, Leiter has not generally [Continue reading]

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]