Clinton, Wikileaks, and Spirit Cooking

November 8, 2016 That Single Individual 6

A few days ago I posted to say that a vote for Clinton is a vote for Satan. Many no doubt thought I was being facetious. I was not. Buried in one of the most recent rounds of Wikileaks revelations is news that John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, is apparently the sort of guy who receives invitations from “artist” Marina Abramovic to spirit cooking dinners. In a 2015 e-mail, Abramovic wrote Tony Podesta, the brother [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]

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]

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 Touchstone 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]

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]