by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Richard McDonough writes for the American Thinker about former Portland State philosophy professor Peter Boghossian’s recommendation that young people skip college.
It is astonishing when a liberal philosophy professor tells people, including his own daughter, not to go to university because they have become “indoctrination mills.” Many other types of professors can make a living outside universities. However, there is no real market for specialists in Kant’s transcendental deductions outside the university. With slight exceptions, philosophers have little choice but to work in universities. So, when Prof. Boghossian tells his own daughter not to go to university, he must believe that universities have become dangerously unhealthy. Although Boghossian cites Harvard, Yale and Oberlin as “non-starters”, he says that all universities have been destroyed by “woke” nonsense and should be defunded. University people, Boghossian says, “live in make-believe land.”
Boghossian was one of the professors who exposed the lack of academic standards in a set of “woke” journals in the 2017-2018 “Grievance Studies affair,” also referred to as the “Sokal Squared” scandal (referring to a similar case in 1996 perpetrated by NYU physics professor Alan Sokal). James Lindsay, Peter Boghossian and Helen Pluckrose, using pseudonyms or borrowed identities, submitted absurd papers to journals in culture, race, gender, fat, and sexuality studies to test the integrity of their editorial peer review process.
One of the articles by M. Smith (pseudonym) was titled “Going in Through the Back Door: Challenging Straight Male Homohysteria and Transphobia through Receptive Penetrative Sex Toy Use” was published in Sexuality & Culture in 2018. Another was by Richard Baldwin (borrowed identity) “An Ethnography of Breastaurant Masculinity: Themes of Objectification, Sexual Conquest, Male Control, and Masculine Toughness in a Sexually Objectifying Restaurant” was published in Sex Roles in 2018. Another paper which consisted in a rewriting using feminist jargon of passages from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf was accepted by leading feminist journal Affilia – which tells one about all one needs to know.