Tag: progressivism

  • Two Kinds of Diversity: Identity and Ideological

    by Robert Gressis ___ Libertarians, like Robert Nozick, care most of all about negative freedom, i.e., freedom from interference. If you have little money, but the appropriate agency protects you from force and fraud, then you have negative freedom, even if you find yourself unable to do much of what you want to do. Consequently,…

  • 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…

  • Mini-Symposium on Sex and Gender: Foucault and the Construction of Transgender Children

    by Heather Brunskell-Evans ___ Thirty years ago, ‘the transgender child’ would not have made sense to the general public, nor would it have made sense to young people. Today, children and adolescents declare themselves transgender, the NHS refers some children for ‘gender-affirming’ therapy, and laws and policy are invented which uphold young people’s ‘choice’ to…

  • The End of Traditional Civil Rights?

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ I’m concerned that we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of civil rights, as traditionally understood.  The fight for civil rights was born with the original women’s movement of the late 19th century** and may very well may die with the contemporary gender-identity movement that has engulfed both…

  • Notes on Conservatism, Liberalism and Some Other Political Orientations

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ It is to be counted as a blessing that two of our most fundamental political terms, ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’, wear their meanings on their sleeves, if only because, as George Orwell has observed, confusion in language is typically accompanied by a corresponding disarray in thought. (1)  We must deem it…

  • Classical Liberalism (Part Two)

    The second of my two-part conversation with our own David Ottlinger on Classical Liberalism and its fortunes in the US.  Originally aired on January 23, 2017, on the Sophia program on MeaningofLife.TV, part of the BloggingHeads.TV network

  • Provocations

    by Daniel A. Kaufman What could the election of Donald Trump possibly have to do with the plight of academic philosophy?   Well, nothing … and everything. First, though, regarding philosophy’s plight.  We’re in trouble, but unfortunately, our leadership seems not to realize it.  Or if they do, they don’t care.  Or are too confused to…