Literary theorists in the academy aided and abetted today’s cultural revolutionaries by providing theoretical license to reduce the norms of Western civilization to prejudicial “texts” subject to endless revision and reinterpretation.
Pedantry might yet save us from the erosion of language and logic abetting partisan distortions and sophistry.
Scruton has done invaluable work showing us the form conservative efforts have taken in defending culture’s role in establishing virtuous, free societies but has for the most part left the political persuasion's specific content open for discussion.
Neither side of the political spectrum any longer appears open to the possibility that their party or its representatives are capable of wrongdoing; partisanship has apparently relieved many of the burden to exercise prudence in instances where political expediency urges absolute devotion.
A brief note on how to define conservatism in light of the last post's discussion of the importance epistemology plays in forming political ideologies. How can we express conservatism's uniqueness in terms of its epistemological distinctiveness?
What separates the conservative political agenda from the liberal? A host of issues, almost all of which can be traced back to a pivotal divergence occurring during the last century. More than any single policy disagreement, what best characterizes the rift between Right and Left is their incompatible theories of knowledge, the conflict between their beliefs about what constitutes genuine sources of understanding.
Would a defender of transgenderism ever submit as a candidate for a scientific theory of gender an empirical data point on the authority of which she would deny a person’s right to a gender transition? I cannot imagine she would. And if not, then transgenderism as a scientific enterprise is doomed.
Evangelical supporters of Trump are quick to note that he is the most electable conservative candidate running for president, which in their minds justifies supporting an odious, ill mannered and unprincipled buffoon such as him. More convincingly, many evangelicals view Trump’s ostensible defense of unborn life as forming the grounds of a moral obligation to … Continue reading Trump, Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effect
What sorts of things are self-evident? In logic, propositions are generally divided into two types: analytic and synthetic. Most analytic propositions contain subjects that necessarily entail the predicated attribute and are therefore tautological. For instance, “all bachelors are single” is an analytic proposition because the subject bachelor already denotes the quality of singleness ascribed … Continue reading A Subtle Deceit – Self-Evidency and the Declaration