Episode 4: Why is there violence on campus?
Hosts: Marsha Familaro Enright and Liz Parker
You’ve seen the violence on campuses: the shouting down of speakers, the physical attack on people of opposing ideologies, the quick accusations of racism and special privilege. You’ve also probably heard that words are considered violence. These are new reactions to debate and disagreement! Where did all of this come from?
From the ideas of Postmodernism. Understanding this philosophy is key to understanding our culture at large today. We discuss this tricky term and the powerful influence its ideas have had, including the way many intellectuals and young people define truth, objectivity, ethics, and tolerance—and the impact of these ideas on free speech. Marsha and Liz demonstrate how the postmodernist theory of knowledge inevitably leads to violence.
Here’s the argument between Sam Harris and Ben Affleck on the Bill Maher Show which we discuss in the podcast.
Ann Coulter speech cancellation at Berkeley: "Ann Coulter speech at UC Berkeley canceled, again, amid fears for safety" (The Washington Post)
Yale Halloween costume incident (YouTube)
Harvard getting rid of the term “masters": "Harvard College 'House Masters' to Get New Titles Because of Slavery Connotation" (Yanan Wong, The Washington Post)
Oxford made “Post-Truth” the 2016 word of the year: "‘Post-truth’ named 2016 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries" (Amy B. Wang, The Washington Post)
"Herbert Marcuse: Philosopher of the New Left" by George Walsh
Repressive Tolerance, by Herbert Marcuse
The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt
Here’s a clear exposition of Postmodernist ideas and their history: Stephen Hicks, Explaining Postmodernism: From Rousseau to Foucault (free PDF) or buy it on Amazon here.