Read

What If No One Read It?

There is something much more terrifying about writing down my views than speaking them. What if my honesty costs me a job? Something I don’t care about except that I have like $150,000 in student loans (academic assurances that PhD’s are the “original” doctors don’t change the fact that I would have gotten a bigger ROI as […]

Good

What is Legal Versus What is Good

When I hear people refer to the importance of the “rule of law”, I am usually suspicious. I am suspicious of what is being given the illusion of goodness under the cover of legality. In the U.S., much pride is taken on being a country of rules where we strive to apply the law evenly, consistently, […]

Truth

Respecting The Truth

Recently, Lee McIntyre wrote a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “The Attack on Truth”. In it he argues that we are living in an age of willful ignorance where people not only remain ignorant to things, but remain so by choice. Is this true? His argument illustrates the difficulty in knowing. McIntyre’s critique […]

Authenticity

Why I Don’t Like Authenticity

Authenticity is a problematic concept. Its current popularity is evident in popular culture as well as academic theory. Social scientists study how authentic relations and experiences are created. Social practitioners design programs and strategies meant to achieve it. But authenticity is problematic concept with significant philosophical implications. The basic characteristic of authenticity is a duality, […]

Social Justice?

Academics Versus Activists in Social Justice

The old divide between doers and thinkers is a tired one. When I decided to pursue my PhD, I felt from some of my old activist friends a sense that I had abandoned the cause. At the same time, my pursuit of social justice seemed to make many of my academic colleagues uncomfortable. It seemed […]