Tag: Daily Nous

  • Open Letter to Daily Nous, re: Holly Lawford-Smith’s Unread Book

    by Moti Gorin ____ CONTENT NOTE: This Open Letter depicts scenes of rhetorical violence and related violences. As writers who have both consumed and contributed comments on Daily Nous, we are disheartened, disappointed, deflated, and yet simultaneously righteously energized by editor Justin Weinberg’s recent platforming of a letter written to Oxford University Press on behalf […]

  • Free Speech and Academic freedom in 2020: A Conversation with David Ottlinger

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ EA’s own David Ottlinger and I discuss the ongoing efforts to silence, de-platform, and otherwise “Cancel” Professor Kathleen Stock, of the University of Sussex for her work and activism on sex and gender related issues; the Daily Nous’s treatment of this subject; and the more general question of the capacity […]

  • Philosophy’s Woke Follies

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ These days of pandemic, police brutality, mass protests, looting and rioting are disconcerting. They confront our beliefs; our values; our sense of who we are as a society and as a people.  Many of us are looking for guidance; a sense of moral clarity in these morally uncertain times. We […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.  […]

  • Peak Woke Philosophy

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ After bearing witness to the train wreck that was the “White Paper on Publication Ethics,” I was convinced that woke philosophy couldn’t possibly get any worse.  I was wrong, of course, and in hindsight, it was foolish of me even to have imagined such a thing.  After all, I had […]

  • A Very Philosophical Conceit

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ Over at the Daily Nous, an influential philosophy-insider’s blog, editor Justin Weinberg kicks off a celebration of its five year anniversary by congratulating himself. [1]  He says that he is proud that he and the Nous have played a role in “breaking up a toxic concentration of power in our […]

  • Provocations

    By Daniel A. Kaufman Over at the Daily Nous, a much read, insider philosophy blog, David Velleman, one of today’s top philosophers, who enjoys digs in the world’s #1 ranked philosophy department, posted his version of a Modest Proposal: philosophy journals should no longer publish papers written by graduate students, and tenure and promotion committees […]