First They Came…

April 19, 2017 That Single Individual 13

I’m sure everyone within our so-called “profession” has by now heard the news concerning what occurred in Louvain with the firing of Stéphane Mercier. Over at the DailyNous, at present there is only one post on the topic. Leiter hasn’t even touched it. Compare that to the amount of coverage DailyNous and Leiter devoted to the Cheryl Abbate affair, which consisted largely of rushing to her defense. For sane philosophers to sit idly by in [Continue reading]

Guest Post: In Defense of Autocracy

April 17, 2017 AR-15 6

Jacques emailed the blog with the following argument defending autocracy: Jan [Sobieski] said it would be interesting to hear a defense of autocracy. Here goes. To be clear, it’s only a defense. I don’t claim that autocracy is a good system of government, or better than others. I only mean to defend autocracy against objections to the effect that it’s a bad system, or worse than some other one. The defense is straightforward: no political system is [Continue reading]

Left-Leaning Bias in Ethics Textbooks

April 13, 2017 Natural Lawyer 32

Introductory courses in applied ethics often utilize anthologies that purport to offer a balanced series of pro/con readings on any number of controversial moral issues. The readings contained in these textbooks are intended by their editors to be representative of the strongest arguments made by scholars on opposing sides of the moral, political, and social spectrum. While a few textbooks admirably achieve this goal, a good number of ethics textbooks — including several that are widely used in colleges and universities — [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]

GLAAD and the “Homosexual Agenda”

April 3, 2017 Catholic Hulk 9

GLAAD, the forerunner of lgbt advocacy, recently published a document entitled Accelerating Acceptance. The document celebrates the recent judicial victories for the lgbt Sexual Revolution, but laments the work ahead. What work? Here’s a passage from the document: Yet, GLAAD’s survey also reveals that slow but steady progress is being made for acceptance of LGBT people. In many of the ‘comfortability’ questions central to GLAAD’s Accelerating Acceptance survey, non-LGBT Americans report significantly less discomfort than [Continue reading]

Live and Let Live, or Let the Left Live?

March 31, 2017 Bob le flambeur 21

When historians of philosophy look back on our age they may be surprised by the tolerance analytic philosophers have displayed toward cultural studies, queer studies, postcolonial studies, LGBT studies, women’s studies, gender studies, African-American/black studies, disability studies, and those sections of slightly more traditional disciplines (for example, anthropology, sociology, and English) that have also been dominated by Theory. After all, it is well-known that these disciplines—henceforth, I shall refer to them as studies—exhibit only an [Continue reading]

After Veritas: Why journalists are so poor at their jobs, part 1

March 28, 2017 Jan Sobieski IV 2

Throughout its months of coverage for the 2016 election, the press made an awful wreck of itself. Not only did it and the polls it relied upon grossly overlook the groundswell of support in the Midwest swing states that propelled Donald Trump to presidential victory, the Fourth Estate appeared to openly shill for Hillary Clinton. Of course, conservatives have maintained such partisan hackery for leftist candidates and causes for years. After Wikileaks’ revelations, this bias [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]

Go Ahead, Make My Day—Defund the NEH!

March 20, 2017 Walter Montgomery 10

I was really encouraged by the Trump administration’s recent budget proposal because it included the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). It’s about time! Unsurprisingly, the proposal was met with anger by most in the humanities. For instance, the American Association of  University Professors drafted an open letter of opposition, calling for members to sign it. At publication time, their homepage also featured a petition [Continue reading]

Equal Opportunity and Justice

March 17, 2017 AR-15 13

“Equality of opportunity has seemed to many writers to be the minimal egalitarian goal, questionable (if at all) only for being too weak.” Robert Nozick, ASU, p. 235. While the left stresses equality of results, some on the right promote equality of opportunity and think that everyone deserves an equal chance. While they do not see equality of outcomes as a matter of justice, they think that equality of opportunity is a requirement of justice [Continue reading]