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]

Social Justice Grading

September 13, 2016 AR-15 3

I’ve often wondered what system or set of standards my leftist colleagues deploy when assigning grades. Do they give all students C’s regardless of outcomes on tests? Or A’s? Do they only grade effort but not performance? Do they make easier assignments for students who come to college with lower ACT/SAT scores? After all, not everyone comes to college with the same level of intelligence or virtues applicable to succeeding in the academy.   So some will have [Continue reading]

Transgenderism’s can of worms: age, race, and species

September 9, 2016 The Oxonian 6

One set of popular theses in contemporary political discourse is connected to the recognition and rights of transgender persons: persons who, in some sense, feel either that they are of a different gender to that assigned to them at birth, or to that of their biological sex †. While, as conservatives, we are crucially committed to the equality and dignity of transgender persons, we here cast doubt on what we take to be some of [Continue reading]

Would Socrates Issue a Trigger Warning?

September 7, 2016 Federal Philosopher 3

No, he wouldn’t. Trigger warnings and safe spaces, we argued in an earlier post, stifle the honest and open pursuit of truth. That, after all, was the purpose of Plato’s Academy, and was later adopted as the original purpose of the university, too (on which see John Henry Newman’s The Idea of the University). But more than that, the university also used to be a place to learn to experience what John Stuart Mill called [Continue reading]

Unhappy Labor Day!

September 5, 2016 AR-15 3

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of unions.  (No surprise from a conservative blog!)  Growing up with family in and out of unions, my general experience was that union work tended to be more expensive for shoddier work.  In the construction industry, the union carpenters (e.g.) would have more leverage for securing larger jobs even though it was widely known that their work was of lesser quality.  So from personal experience, I come [Continue reading]

Trigger Warning: Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces are Dumb

September 1, 2016 Charles Martel 5

A friend of ours who studied philosophy at a top university once told us an amusing anecdote. Prefacing a course on classical philosophy, the professor explained that he would not be reading the ancient philosophers through the lens of modern values and so, for example, would not impose on them gender-neutral pronouns and would not censor any perceived “misogynistic” or “bigoted” language. This didn’t sit well with some of the students, who rudely began to protest [Continue reading]

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About Rightly Considered

August 26, 2016 Federal Philosopher 9

We are academics—graduate students, professors, and independent scholars, mostly in, or closely associated with, the profession of philosophy—who are on the political right. Obviously, we won’t always agree with each other on everything. We have no specific checklist of positions or statement of faith. But we all generally identify with the tradition of philosophical conservatism that began with ancient sages like Plato and Aristotle, carried on by Christian thinkers like Augustine and Aquinas, continued through [Continue reading]