Ever since Socrates’ wife was painted as a jealous shrew by one of his pupils, women have had it tough in philosophy. Thinkers from Aristotle to Kant questioned whether women were fully capable of reason. (Snip)But the revelation this summer that Colin McGinn, a star philosopher at the University of Miami, had agreed to leave his tenured post after allegations of sexual harassment brought by a graduate student, has put an unusually famous name to the problem, exposing the field to what some see as a healthy dose of sunlight.
Philosopher´s are no different than wannabe rock stars (and once upon a time they were the ´rock stars´). They´re not as smart as they think they are, but there are a lot of dumb men and women who fall for their BS which gives them their free supply of money and women. The number of philosophers who had the courage of their convictions can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Most sold out to the powers that be the moment they were threatened.
Unlike most things studied in higher education, philosophy has such a small future for their students: right back into higher education. So the competition is fierce.
Add to that the nature of the debate and how it an be perceived by many as bullying, one has to wonder what kind of people are drawn to this kind of degree that offers so little in terms of a vocation?
I´d say it would be people who have an over abudance of self esteem to the point of looking down on others, and using their intellect for purposes, often, to control or harrass. And they like it, it confirms their sense of their superiority. But it also reveals someone who may be intelligent, yet morally corrupt.
One of the best philosophy profs I had was a female. She was at the board one day with her back to the class, explaining something extremely arcane. Behind her, we students were looking at each other in total confusion. Just then she said, "Are we all together?" and the young man sitting behind me motioned around the class at large and said, "Well, WE´RE all together...but I´m not sure we´re with you."
Elizabeth Anscombe (Cambridge) was one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century, and probably the greatest female philosopher of all time. But she´s in a class of her own.
Many stories are told of her, including this one:
"...by now it was the 1960s, and Anscombe, pregnant again, this time with number seven, walked into a classroom in which somebody had scrawled on a blackboard an intended insult: ANSCOMBE BREEDS. Did she get angry? No. Did she erase it? Not she. Instead, she added two more words to the intended insult, so that it read: ANSCOMBE BREEDS IMMORTAL BEINGS.
And she told her own children: “Respect God. Respect Life. But don’t respect respectability”.
I don´t think she would have tolerated Colin McGinn for a nanosecond.
"Thinkers from Aristotle to Kant questioned whether women were fully capable of reason. "
Women largely voted for this useless man we have as President, not once, but twice.
Women voted for Kennedy as he was so much more handsome than Nixon.
Women largely believe that Republicans and Conservatives have waged a war against them.
Women largely believe that the life they are carrying has no value until they say it has, whenever that may be.
Women laugh and enjoy "The Vagina Monologues", but turn around and scream when someone supposedly treats them as a sex object. God forbid a man oogles a lingerie magazine.
Women enjoy the ability to have sex without consequence and gossip about it with all their friends, but a beautiful woman in a short skirt is a slut.
A man who touches a woman at work is a misogynist monster that needs to be castrated. A woman who touches a man at work is empowered, and the situation is romantic.
Women think Rush Limbaugh is a fat sexist when he suggests a woman should pay for her own birth control, and when she screams that no one is making it easy for her to have unprotected sex is a slut. Then they enjoy the sluttish behavior of the women on "Sex in the City".
Women complain about the destruction to relationships that men cause due to pornography, and then immerse themselves in graphic erotic novels cloaked as "romance stories".
Yeah, the case for women and reason doesn´t sell all that well, does it. (with the exception of some great Conservative women and our women readers on this board!)
Democrats make a lot of silly statements. The trick isn’t finding a pronouncement by a liberal politician which — in a way nearly unique to politics — simultaneously brings a grimace, a giggle, and a groan, but figuring out whether the speaker is an outright liar or just living in a liberal echo chamber reminiscent of Pauline Kael (or at least the political mythology surrounding her). Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is a reliable representative of the outright liar camp: No echo is loud enough to make her actually believe that Democratic candidates will
It’s long been said that Democrats and their supporters who cry “racism!” at everything that smells like opposition to their left-wing agenda are misguided, or in some cases, smear merchants who lack all credibility whatsoever (looking at you, MSNBC). Well, get a load of the T-shirt that this recently departed national figure – whose impeccable left-wing bonafides should never be doubted – has on:(Snip for photo)That’s anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela wearing a T-shirt that endorses getting an ID and voting in 1998. We’ll anxiously be waiting your apology. Oh wait, you won’t apologize, will you?
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On the five-year anniversary of Bernie Madoff outing himself as the world’s most notorious white-collar criminal, the financial world still hasn’t learned some simple lessons. First, business journalists should stop listening to the fraudster himself. His multibillion-dollar scam caused at least three people to take their own lives, including his son Mark — yet Madoff remains mostly unrepentant and uncooperative. He continues to blame “the greed of others” and loves to offer his opinions on how Wall Street really works. That wouldn’t be so bad if Madoff pulled a Sammy “the Bull” Gravano and came clean about his misdeeds by giving the
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On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
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Just how much do many Hollywood liberals hate conservatives? In an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck said, "When I watch a guy [on film] I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him": PLAYBOY: You developed a political profile campaigning for presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. How did that come about? AFFLECK: I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider—very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood. I picked up a lot of those values there, and I
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act’s colloquial moniker: “Obamacare.” She said that the word was originally created as a “derogatory term,” designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement. However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama’s accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride. “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly
Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who
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Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
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