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A feminist philosopher makes the case against Jordan Peterson

Kate Manne:

His idea (in chapter six of his book) that what leads to mass shootings in general, and school shootings in particular, is a kind of ahistorical, existential angst, or a "crisis of being" -- that's the phrase he uses! -- about the despair and misery and suffering of human beings.

Peterson thereby takes on a huge burden of explaining why white women, people of color, nonbinary folks, and so on, almost never act on our existential angst and despair in this way. Because, as you know, the vast majority of school shooters have been white men.

I also think the way Peterson cherry-picked the few more dignified-sounding sentences from the diary of one of the Columbine killers, Eric Harris, was downright dishonest. As I wrote in my review, he failed to mention the fact that the majority of Harris's diary was a virulently racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and ableist screed.

Harris, like many other mass killers, was obsessed with the very hierarchies whose importance or validity Peterson never really challenges or offers an alternative to.

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Key words | existential angst, or a "crisis of being" |


Scholar @Duke University - by Owen Flanagan.


Existentialism is a concern about the foundation of meaning, morals, and purpose. Existentialisms arise when some foundation for these elements of being is under assault. In the past, first-wave existentialism concerned the increasingly apparent inability of religion, and religious tradition, to provide such a foundation, as typified in the writings of Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, and Nietzsche. Second-wave existentialism, personified philosophically by Sartre, Camus and de Beauvoir, and in literature by Mann and Hesse, developed in response to the inability of the polity to serve as such a foundation. There is a third-wave existentialism, a new existentialism, developing in response to advances in the neurosciences that threaten the last vestiges of an immaterial soul or self. With the increasing explanatory and therapeutic power of neuroscience, the mind no longer stands apart from the world to serve as a foundation of meaning. This produces foundational anxiety. This collection of new essays explores the anxiety caused by this third-wave existentialism and some responses to it. It brings together some of the world's leading philosophers, neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, and legal scholars to tackle our neuroexistentialist predicament and explore what the mind sciences can tell us about morality, love, emotion, autonomy, consciousness, selfhood, free will, moral responsibility, law, the nature of criminal punishment, meaning in life, and purpose.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 17th, 2018 at 08:37:21 PM EST
If all concerns about young male lives are reflexively framed as misogyny and toxic masculinity, what is humane about this harassment of their striving and initiative? As I mentioned above, such things as #MeToo only inhibit social power possibilities (and existential woes) of only-so-much-privileged guys. This feminism is just a form of deluding "surplus" males -- something does it in nearly almost society.

What is nice about this:

Boys left to fail at school because attempts to help them earn wrath of feminists ...

by das monde on Sat Nov 17th, 2018 at 09:01:57 PM EST
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Much too easy to put blame on "feminist" activity.

Boys left to fail at school because attempts to help them earn wrath of feminists, says ex-UCAS chief  

Ms Curnock Cook praised the new higher education regulator for starting to highlight the underrepresentation of white working class boys at university, by listing them as a target group for outreach activities.

"But it's too late to say `you have to admit more poor white boys to university'. The reason why their particular admission rate is lower is because they have fallen behind in education. It starts in the early years and gets worse over time," she said.

Boys are also more likely to be expelled from school than girls, according to the Department for Education's most recent figures, with the permanent exclusion rate for boys over three times higher than that for girls.

In the past five years, more than twice as many male university students committed suicide than their female peers, despite there being fewer male students.

○ Head of UCAS says private school pupils are 'sleepwalking' through same education experience as their parents
Men's rights movement
Intelligence Report Article Provokes Fury Among Men's Rights Activists | SPLC |

The last issue of the SPLC's Intelligence Report presented a scathing portrait of "a hard-line fringe" of the Men's Rights Movement (MRM): "women haters whose fury goes well beyond criticism of the family court system, domestic violence laws, and false rape accusations," whose rage is "directed at all women, not only perceived feminists."

In Dutch education system, Moroccan boys are doing poorer than the girls. It's a cultural thing in the immigration group of Moroccan families. And I speak from personal experience in addition to the attempt to get Moroccan boys to enter vocational education. Girls are doing much better in the languages and overall Dutch education. That's become a problem as the boys become young men and don't want to marry a "Western" Moroccan girl in The Netherlands. The young men return to Morocco to pick a partner and the cyclus starts from zero once again: poorly educated, doesn't speak the language and is conservative about the religion of Islam.

Related reading ...

Dichtbij de jongens uit de Schilderswijk
Aanpak onderwijsachterstanden | Dutch Gov. Minister of Education |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 18th, 2018 at 03:11:01 AM EST
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There are not many tolerated (though largely ignored) critics of the feminist (yes, feminist) onslaught on boys' prospects.

I quoted this before:

But the truth is boys have been systematically feminized for the past 3-4 generations. Boys are taught like defective girls. Since the 1970s it is increasingly women who have dominated academia from kindergarten to doctorate degrees. [...] School and teaching became 'for girls' and the educational landscape shifted to teaching styles that girls were most benefited in.

In that shift the idea that boys might be disadvantaged had little bearing, but overtime the conditions of teaching 'to girls' defined the teaching style as the correct style. In fact, teaching in a way that girls learn best, and disciplining boys for not learning this way, is no longer a style -- it is just the way children are taught. Boys and men today are the product of female teachers who actively advantage girls at the expense of boys. So normalized is this teaching that boys disrupting the advantaging of girls in class is something we've decided needs to be medicinally curbed. Boys being boys is diagnosed as an illness and drugs are prescribed so as to sedate them long enough for the girls to learn.

by das monde on Sun Nov 18th, 2018 at 11:26:07 AM EST
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Oh fuck off. Seriously.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Nov 18th, 2018 at 03:18:23 PM EST
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You go to Fukuoka.
by das monde on Mon Nov 19th, 2018 at 04:53:36 PM EST
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< wipes tears>
And never forget Marx and Flaubert: While there may have been and are at this moment university students beavering away to dam a stream of consciousness in order to articulate a cogent thesis about the one, true God's episodic death, everywhere, I confess. I believe Emma Bovary is alive. She is alive, I tell you!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 18th, 2018 at 04:27:51 PM EST
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