Whose Racism? Which Enlightenment?

By Kevin Currie-Knight ___ Like so much else, the Enlightenment seems to be a flash point in the contemporary culture wars. Some, like Douglas Murray and Stephen Pinker, suggest that we are moving too far away from “enlightenment values” like liberty, equality, and the idea of a universal human nature (to which they oppose the... Continue Reading →

A Conversation with Holly Lawford-Smith

by Moti Gorin ____ Moti Gorin (Colorado State) talks with Holly Lawford-Smith (University of Melbourne) about her new book, "Gender Critical Feminism" (Oxford University Press). Please pardon us for some choppiness in Moti's audio/video. https://youtu.be/CQSWrYO_DlU 0:00-25:06 Background and Opposition 25:06-35:00 Overview of Gender Critical Feminism 35:00-50:00 Gender Critical vs “Mainstream”/“Liberal” Feminism 50:00-58:55 Engaging with “the... Continue Reading →

Getting Personal About Race and “Transracial” Families

by Kevin Currie-Knight ____ Sheena (SUNY Oneanta) and Kevin (East Carolina University) continue an ongoing conversation about the idea of race and Sheena's arguments about racelessnes. This episode gets more personal about Sheena's and Kevin's respective connections to "transracial" families. Sheena was adopted into a "transracial" family and Kevin is adopting a daughter who is... Continue Reading →

What Can Philosophy Actually Do?

by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ Robert Gressis (Cal State Northridge), Dan Kaufman (Missouri State) and Kevin Currie-Knight (East Carolina) discuss what is and isn't realistic to expect of philosophy. Topics include realism (Rob) and antirealism (Dan and Kevin), Foundationalism (maybe Rob) and anti-Foundationalism (Dan and Kevin), and what we do when we attempt to ground... Continue Reading →

Nationalism

by Mark English ____ Gottlob Frege's organicism and his (surprisingly strong) patriotic commitments were mentioned in a previous episode of Culture and Value. In this episode, Mark English offers a culture-based perspective on the topics of nationalism and political myth, highlighting the tensions between political and more organic cultural elements, and recommending a pragmatic and... Continue Reading →

Belated New Year Contributors’ Roundtable

by Robert Gressis, Daniel Kaufman, and Kevin Currie-Knight ___ Robert, Kevin and I inaugurate a new feature at EA: a New Years Contributors' Roundtable. Publication was delayed due to my father's passing, so please excuse the discussion's lateness. Most if not all of what we discussed remains relevant, though of course, this was recorded well... Continue Reading →

Frege’s View of the World

by Mark English ____ Gottlob Frege was a mathematician with strong philosophical interests and preoccupations. In an attempt to discover and make explicit the logical foundations of mathematics he developed -- almost singlehandedly -- the basic ideas of the predicate calculus. But he also had deep and compelling views on language and an appreciation of... Continue Reading →

Individualism and cultural embeddedness

by Mark English ___ Mark English talks about his general goal of presenting and defending a form of individualism which takes seriously our cultural embeddedness, noting that universal political prescriptions – to the extent that they can be applied at all – are rarely successful. He refers to the surprising origins of neo-liberalism in Europe... Continue Reading →

A Sunny Nihilism?

by Kevin Currie-Knight ___ Kevin Currie-Knight (East Carolina University) chats with Wendy Syfret (VICE Asia) about her new book The Sunny Nihilist: How a Meaningless Life Can Make You Truly Happy. We talk about why the modern world relentlessly seeks meaning in everything, whether nihilism is a viable or liberating response, and whether/how nihilism is... Continue Reading →

Assessing Richard Hanania’s Conservatism

by Robert Gressis ___ In this episode, Robert Gressis (philosophy, California State University, Northridge) and David Leitch (political science, California State University, Northridge) discuss the work of aspiring conservative public intellectual, Richard Hanania. https://youtu.be/RCZRgYY20l8 01:01 - Let’s talk about sex, baby! 04:44 - Hanania’s master idea—give the right a policy program. 15:57 - Wokeness and... Continue Reading →

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