EDI commissars are trained to notice who are under-represented in positions of privilege – Blacks in the US, Indigenous in Canada – but not the logical complement, namely the over-represented. Who are the latter? Well, white males certainly. But also… Read More ›
MANDATORY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
On the surface this latest addition to woke Newspeak would seem to be an oxymoron. But this might be too quick. A conscript is a conscript, but he does have an opportunity to learn a trade. And compulsory education –… Read More ›
Guest Post. About EDI.
I’m Pam, Viminitz’ research assistant. In light of the upcoming free online conference on EDI and Academic Freedom, I thought it might be beneficial to offer those interested but not conversant a lay-of-the-EDI landscape. Please note that neither Viminitz nor… Read More ›
THE MANDATORY EDI LETTER (Repost from Feb 13, 2022)
What I’ve been discovering is that the woke-ness one espouses in public, and the opinion of it one holds in private, are often two very different things. Why is this? Others may not put it as eloquently as did my… Read More ›
Guest Post (forwarded message): Free Online Conference on EDI and Academic Freedom.
Note from Viminitz’ research assistant: Viminitz is not involved with organising this conference, nor is he a panelist. PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY Dear colleagues, Please join us on April 20 & 21, 2023, for a free, online conference on EDI (equity,… Read More ›
WHAT IS WOKEISM?
If I’m going to be anti-woke – by which is meant, presumably, that I’m going to remain asleep – I suppose I should get clear about what Wokeism is. Pluckrose and Lindsay define it as reified post-modernism. That gets us… Read More ›
FOUR THINGS EDI PROPONENTS SHOULD NOT SAY
I’ve already blogged about this, but to repeat: Universities in the West are in the process of moving past their best before date. Why? Because 1) the economics of university education has changed, both in terms of a) what information… Read More ›
Philosophers are in the business of either drawing distinctions or collapsing them. A case of the latter is David Hume’s observation that, all this palaver to the contrary notwithstanding, causation just is correlation. A case of the former is the… Read More ›
IS SELF-IDENTIFICATION CRITERIAL OR MERELY EVIDENTIAL?
Here’s what I trust will be an instructive analogy. There are very few knock-down arguments in philosophy, but Plato’s Euthyphro is one of them. Does God make something good by approving of it, asks Socrates, or does He approve of… Read More ›
It’s been around since before we emerged from the cave. Or maybe even before we came down from the trees. So the only thing new about it is how it’s beginning to irritate the fuck out of me. It began… Read More ›