It’s Official: Philosophy Is Lost

It’s Official: Philosophy Is Lost. By Steven Hayward.

Has academic philosophy become as hopelessly politicized as other humanities? That’s a question treated in a forthcoming paper in Philosophical Psychology entitled “Ideological Diversity, Hostility, and Discrimination in Philosophy.” …

“The more right-leaning the participant, the more hostility they reported personally experiencing from colleagues …

“Participants reported that they would be more reluctant to defend their own argument if it led to a right-leaning conclusion…

“The more left-leaning the participant, the more frequently a right-leaning perspective/individual would be viewed negatively in assessing grant applications, evaluating papers, inviting colleagues to symposia, and making hiring decisions involving two otherwise equally qualified candidates. …

“The more left-leaning the participant, the more justified they believed discrimination against right-leaning individuals to be.”

Now only leftists thrive in the humanities. It’s the broadening of a trick that’s been done before. Only Keynesians thrived in academia after 1950s. Only believers in the carbon dioxide theory of global warming thrived in climate science after 1980. This trick locks down a whole field of study, because anyone who opposes the intolerant ideology in academia is, by definition, not properly credentialed.