By Lauren Edwards, May 2018. The term “political correctness” echoes in the current cultural chatter. One side shouts about “thought and language policing!” and “political correctness gone too far!”. The other roars about “sensitivity and safe spaces!” and “anti-political correctness gone mad!”. The conversation divides and devolves into nonsense: “I say you can’t say… Continue reading ‘Political Correctness’ – Whoopty Do, what does it all mean Basil??
By: An Anonymous SJW. On March 2nd, 2018, I attended York University Men’s Issues Inaugural Event, “Growing Up Fatherless,” a talk by Karen Straughan. The poster gave little indication that the event was any different from one of the many feminist-oriented talks about gender on campus. Eager to hear what I thought would be… Continue reading Field Report on Men’s Rights Activism.
In the first of an ongoing weekly segment, the Brainwandering team would like to give a short report on interesting articles we've read over the past week. Susanna Schellenberg will be guest blogging all this week over at Brains Blog about her new book on the nature of perception. Adam Grant in the Atlantic reflected… Continue reading What We’re Reading
by Dan Barron, March 2018. Photo by Gregory Crewdson. During the ultimately tragic melee that was the Charlottesville monument protest, one of the protestors attempted a remarkable metamorphosis. Separated from his fellow white supremacists, and pursued by counterprotestors, he takes off his white polo “uniform” and announces “I’m not really white power, man – I… Continue reading The Social Epistemology of Right-Wing Extremism
SCI PHI is a weekly philosophy of science podcast hosted and produced by Nick Zautra, a Joint Ph.D. student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University Bloomington. Check out the latest episode with York alumni Serife Tekin. Open Questions: An Ethics Podcast is a project hosted… Continue reading New Interesting Podcasts
Carrie Jenkins has compiled a page full of tools and advice on 'how to be a public philosopher.' Included is a list potential publishers of work by philosophers, and tips on writing a pitch. SOPHIA (The Society of Philosophers in America) has launched the magazine Civil American, which is seeking to become 'the philosophical equivalent… Continue reading More Resources
by Michael Montess, York University, September 2017 Climate Change is an incredibly difficult problem that we are simply not doing enough to solve. The problem, however, has both a practical and a moral dimension. The present climate change narrative focuses on the practical dimension of the problem, but unless we consider the moral dimension, we… Continue reading How to Solve the Moral Problem of Climate Change
by Dylan Ludwig, York University, Aug. 2017. Print by Emory Davis. ‘Free Speech’ is typically thought of as a principle either accepted or rejected wholesale. The ongoing debate that it inspires seems focused, for the most part, on strictly political or legal implications. But the issue is certainly more complex than this, and in the interest… Continue reading How Free? Speech, Liberty and Social Stability
The APA Committee on Public Philosophy has picked its winners for the best Op-Ed pieces in 2017. They're all really cool, check them out: Katalin Balog (Rutgers University–Newark) “‘Son of Saul,’ Kierkegaard and the Holocaust” The Stone (The New York Times) Andrew Fiala (California State University, Fresno) “Without Faith in Humanity, Cynicism Grows and Democracy Becomes Mob-Rule”… Continue reading APA Public Philosophy Op-Ed Winners
The Mark Sanders Foundation is accepting unpublished essays (between 3,000 and 8,000 words)aimed at a general audience.