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, […]

Fundamentalist

A Poorly Designed Trojan Horse

The weirdest thing about being in some scientific settings, having come from fundamentalist Christian contexts, is the striking similarity in behavior between the two. My experience in both is, in part, characterized by a rigid, confident, and narcissistic insistence in knowing the one source of truth. There is, in both communities, a well-developed tradition of […]

bears

I Live With Bears

I live with bears. Be cautious, but do not be alarmed. The bears I live with are dangerous, but they are not bad. They are simply bears. Their presence is not to be feared nor taken lightly. Yes, they can kill you, but they probably will not. No, they are not a problem and no, […]