Against Deference: Epistemic Privilege Considered

Following up on my claim in the last post that “honor produces error,” in my view, the problem is epistemic privilege, i.e. deference. By deference, I mean the epistemic privileges that some people receive or earn through demonstrating their erudition or looking like they know what they’re talking about. When you think of deference, you… Continue reading Against Deference: Epistemic Privilege Considered

How to get a philosophical education for free

A regularly updated version of this guide can be found here. I teach at the third-most expensive school in the country, where I regularly persuade students that they should major or minor in philosophy. For many students, this is a value question, and as I like to put it, there’s a difference here between the value… Continue reading How to get a philosophical education for free

Should there be a place for disdain in our emotional lives?

"Hey, look at those assholes over there. Ordinary fuckin' people. I hate 'em." -Repo Man

In this post, I want to argue that disdain, contempt, and scorn have no moral place in our emotional lives. In short, my claim is that these emotions are immoral because they target persons and not actions, and they violate the principle of equality of persons. One can feel shame, anger, hatred, or envy in… Continue reading Should there be a place for disdain in our emotional lives?