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Wider Than Science, Deeper Than Politics

by Mark English I once came across a cartoon from the early 20th century depicting a street scene with everyone – pedestrians, business people and even a cart-horse – looking puzzled and slightly confused. The wording of the caption I have forgotten, but it was along the lines that the theory of relativity had suddenly changed the way we see […]

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Philosophy’s Aspirant Tin-Pot Dictators

by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ Over the period in which I’ve been covering the frolics of philosophy’s Woke Brigade (PWB), I’ve tried to maintain an overall amused (and amusing) affect.  These are, after all, very silly people behaving in very silly ways, and as I near the end of my time parenting a teenager, I’ve learned that when confronted with […]

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Why I’m Sitting in this Chair

by Robert Gressis A couple of months ago, I had a diavlog with our host, Dan Kaufman. In that discussion, we debated what Dan has usefully called the “morality everywhere” approach; roughly, this is the idea not only that just about all of our behavior is morally evaluable, but also that it is evaluable according to very demanding moral standards. […]

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3:16, Tarantino, the Avengers, and Apizza

by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ My interview with Richard Marshall at 3:16AM (formerly 3AM). https://316am.site123.me/articles/anti-theory-philosophy?c=end-times-series Damon Linker on the bizarre 1619 project, over at the NYT. https://theweek.com/articles/859776/new-york-times-surrenders-left-race Caitlan Flanagan nails it with respect to Quentin Tarantino’s terrific Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/08/tarantinos-most-transgressive-film/595309/ Wonderful documentary on the incomparable TV show, The Avengers. For a brief time, Dave Grohl was […]

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All Philosophy is Activist Philosophy

by David Ottlinger ___ I used to brag about the state of philosophy to people concerned about the humanities. Philosophy had fought valiantly on the side of the scientists in the “Science Wars” of the 1980’s and 90’s. Sociology, literary studies and anthropology may have, to varying degrees, succumbed to postmodernism and other such fashionable nonsense, but philosophy stood strong. […]

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Philosophy’s Woke Triangle

by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ I thought of calling this “Woke Creep,” in light of the fact that the people who make up the Woke Brigade in academic philosophy depend heavily on concept creep in order to ground their myriad allegations, accusations, demands for no-platforming and censorship, and attacks on their insufficiently woke colleagues’ livelihoods.  Whether it’s expanding the meaning […]

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Why We Need More Standpoint Theory

by Sonia Zawitkowski ___ Women accept limited knowledge as their natural condition, a great human truth that a man may take a lifetime to reach.  – Camille Paglia (1) Camille Paglia wrote that women were psychologically prepared to tolerate the limitations of objectivity by the complexity and invisibility of their reproductive systems. Men, on the other hand, able to see […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and The English Language

by David Ottlinger ___ However else we might evaluate her burgeoning career, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a great success in inspiring think-pieces. The freshman congresswoman has been a gift to all political writers in search of a subject. Whether one agrees with her and the causes she champions is a matter of complete indifference. Either way, it has become almost […]

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