Intellectual Servility and Timidity

Among the harms of oppression is it ability to foster damaging character dispositions in those who are oppressed. In this paper I explore two of these dispositions: servility which is manifested in attempts to ingratiate those who humiliate one and timidity which is expressed by repeated self-silencing in response to intimidation. Here is my current [draft; Sept 2017].

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Arrogant Pride and Alternative Facts

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“Pride…is a very common failing” (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice). What Austen calls “pride” is these days better described as arrogant pride to distinguish it from the rightful pride of those opposing discrimination on the basis of race, gender or sexual orientation.

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Is caring about your reputation always a symptom of vanity?

My paper “Caring for Esteem” is having its first outing as a keynote for the “Don’t know, don’t care: 6th WFAP Graduate Conference”. University of Vienna on June 7th 2017. Continue reading “Is caring about your reputation always a symptom of vanity?”

Don’t know, don’t care: 6th WFAP Graduate Conference. University of Vienna

Really looking forward to this conference. It has an excellent line up of really promising stars of the future whose talks I am looking forward to hearing. Continue reading “Don’t know, don’t care: 6th WFAP Graduate Conference. University of Vienna”