Tag: Trans activism

  • New Year Musings

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ 2021 was dominated by Covid. But, competing for our attention has been the deepening and hardening of our political divisions, with Trumpers on one fringe, Social Justice lunatics on the other, and the bewildered, seemingly impotent majority of the country in between, wondering what the hell is going on and […]

  • On The Disgraceful treatment of Kathleen Stock

    by Andrew Gleeson ____ Late last week British philosopher Kathleen Stock announced on Twitter her resignation from a professorship at the University of Sussex. This followed a long and vicious campaign against her over several years by radical transgender rights’ activists both on and off the university campus. Stock’s early work focused on aesthetics, but […]

  • ‘Identify’

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ Until about five minutes ago, if you’d asked me what some customary uses of ‘identify’ are, I would have given three: [A] Where one expresses sympathy for and solidarity with a group to which one does not belong, as in, “I identify with the plight of Afghan women, in the […]

  • Material Girls: A Conversation with Kathleen Stock

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ Kathleen Stock (Sussex) and I discuss Kathleen’s new book, “Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism.” Among other things, we talk the implications of switching our focus from Sex to Gender Identity, why Sex remains essential, and the impact of gender identity politics on the gay and lesbian community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2YZwK6TOaw&ab_channel=ElectricAgora […]

  • New Year (and Decade) Musings

    by Daniel A. Kaufman _____ (1) The devastating defeat of Labour by the Tories in the recent British election, when added to Trump’s victory over the Democrats in 2016, indicates that the current liberal/Left-wing coalitions one finds in the US/Britain are no longer viable when it comes to nationwide political contests. (2) If the Democrats […]

  • 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.  […]

  • Mini-Symposium on Sex and Gender: My Discussion with Jane Clare Jones

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ My discussion with Jane Clare Jones on sex, gender, feminism, progressivism, and liberalism. Originally aired on MeaningofLife.TV, Monday, July 8, 2019.  

  • Feminism, Mental Representation, and Churros

    by Daniel A. Kaufman A disturbing glimpse into the way contemporary gender identity politics is compromising science and medicine. https://quillette.com/2018/10/18/trans-activists-campaign-against-terfs-has-become-an-attack-on-science/ How progressive politics have ruined comedy. https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/social-justice-warriors-arent-funny/ A detailed history of the original feminists, which their contemporary progeny should read carefully. https://www.city-journal.org/metoo-movement [The late] Jerry Fodor’s brilliant and hilarious survey of theories of mental representation. […]