I wanted to write a loose follow up to my last piece. After reading it, my husband said to me, “I’m not really sure where you land on this.” Making my claims clear and explicit rather than suggestively gesturing toward them has always been a challenge for me. My dissertation advisor, Vicky Davion, used to … Continue reading Oh yeah, James Watson is racist too.
“[T]he male is by nature superior and the female inferior, the male ruler and the female subject” – Aristotle “I am apt to suspect the Negroes, and in general all other species of men…to be naturally inferior to the whites” –David Hume “In the hot countries the human being matures earlier in all ways but … Continue reading So Kant was a racist. What now?
It’s that time of the year when all of your favorite media outlets are posting their “Best of 2018” lists. As I have been spending this week shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, and enjoying the company of loved ones, I haven’t paused to sit down and write a more formal post. So I thought I’d jump … Continue reading End of Year Recommendations
Migrants run from tear gas near the border fence between Mexico and the United States in Tijuana. PHOTO: HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America to the United States, run away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico in … Continue reading “Migrant Caravan”
When I tell people that I have a PhD in philosophy the reaction is usually one of self-deprecation. (“Wow! You’re so smart. I could never do that.”) This reaction is typically accompanied by the assumption that the work I do is obtuse and obscure, and sometimes by the implication that the work is frivolous and/or … Continue reading Why Philosophy? And Why a Blog?
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