James Lindsay joins High Society Radio to discuss what has transpired in all the time since he and Peter Boghossian published their first (mostly unsuccessful) attempt at a hoax paper on gender studies: “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct,” in early summer 2017.
New Discourses convened in October of 2019 in the National Liberal Club of London for a day-long conference titled Speaking Truth to Social Justice. There, Portland State University philosophy professor Peter Boghossian gave a rousing talk about the need to “speak truth in the face of danger,” parrhesia, as the Ancient Greeks called it, as this applies to Critical Social Justice.
Woke culture continues to become ever-more relevant to people in all walks of life, and this led to a recent BBC audio-documentary featuring feminist authort Helen Lewis and produced by Craig Templeton Smith, “The Roots of ‘Woke’ Culture.”
We're used to talks being given by some invited luminary to a crowd who, at the end, gets to ask questions. At Portland State University, philosophy professor Peter Boghossian recently turned this structure on its head.
Something has gone wrong in the university—especially in certain fields within the humanities. Scholarship based less upon finding truth and more upon attending to social grievances has become firmly established.