A Look at the Philosophy Behind the Hypatia Affair

June 12, 2017 Walter Montgomery 7

When Daily Nous first broke the Hypatia story from last month with this post, it sparked a flurry of reactions from across the discipline of philosophy. Many far-left feminists objected to the article, claiming that its publication was irresponsible and harmful to both the transgender community and the black community. In this post, I’m going to examine the public Facebook reaction of professor Lisa Guenther at Vanderbilt University, who works in phenomenology, feminism, and mass [Continue reading]

Hypatia: A Bridge Too Far?

May 10, 2017 Walter Montgomery 4

Some might look at the recent outrage over Hypatia‘s publication of Rebecca Tuvel’s paper defending transracialism as an indication that the radical left in philosophy has finally gone too far—we have finally hit the high water mark of cultural Marxism in the academy. I don’t see much grounds for optimism here, if you are on the right. The fact of the matter is that this is an in-house fight between people unified in their belief [Continue reading]

On Deadnaming and the Hypatia Debacle

May 9, 2017 Jan Sobieski IV 15

In the wake of the fallout from Rebecca Tuvel’s Hypatia article, “In Defense of Transracialism,” I became acquainted with another leftist neologism—”deadnaming.” What’s that? Apparently, it’s referring to a transgender individual by his birth name. That’s a big no-no. Tuvel, an assistant professor of philosophy at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, is guilty of it in her paper. According to the apoplectic, Tuvel “uses vocabulary and frameworks not recognized, accepted, or adopted by the conventions of the [Continue reading]