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Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship…

Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race,… (utgåvan 2020)

av Helen Pluckrose (Författare)

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Titel:Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody
Författare:Helen Pluckrose (Författare)
Info:Pitchstone Publishing (2020), Edition: None, 352 pages
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Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody av Helen Pluckrose (Author)


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Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn't practice yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only white people can be racist? Are you confused by these ideas, and do you wonder how they have managed so quickly to challenge the very logic of Western society?

In this probing and intrepid volume, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay document the evolution of the dogma that informs these ideas, from its coarse origins in French postmodernism to its refinement within activist academic fields. Today this dogma is recognizable as much by its effects, such as cancel culture and social-media dogpiles, as by its tenets, which are all too often embraced as axiomatic in mainstream media: knowledge is a social construct; science and reason are tools of oppression; all human interactions are sites of oppressive power play; and language is dangerous. As Pluckrose and Lindsay warn, the unchecked proliferation of these anti-Enlightenment beliefs present a threat not only to liberal democracy but also to modernity itself.

While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluckrose and Lindsay break down how this often-radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalized communities it claims to champion. They also detail its alarmingly inconsistent and illiberal ethics. Only through a proper understanding of the evolution of these ideas, they conclude, can those who value science, reason, and consistently liberal ethics successfully challenge this harmful and authoritarian orthodoxy—in the academy, in culture, and beyond.

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  Shiseida.Aponte | May 10, 2021 |
Reading this back to back with Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher gave me a clear view of what Western Civilization is up against. CRT is poison introduced in our society. It's like putting anti-freeze in a cabernet bottle and asking people to drink it. It is horrifyingly being adopted in our school system, higher ed, government and large corporations. Its benign sounding lingo belies a tyrannical movement. ( )
1 rösta Mark.Kosminskas | Jan 3, 2021 |
I was expecting this to simply be a takedown of Theory and Woke and such in the world of business and politics, but most of the book was devoted to explaining these for people who were not already (thankfully) very exposed to the academic side. Even though the purpose was to show why they were bad (and how traditional liberalism and freedom are good), it was fingernails-on-chalkboard painful listening to detailed explanations of Critical Race Theory, etc. The author does a pretty good job of making the pro-Liberalism case, but this is a case where deeper understanding doesn't really change my beliefs or behavior.

(It still is probably the best summary of this shit if you really feel the need to understand it, though, but "fuck these people" is a perfectly reasonable conclusion without doing any more research, and the only additional piece of insight needed is "don't become what you are fighting", etc.) ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Still considering this in the light of "wokeness" in academia. This work seems flawed. Good critique at Hoadley-Brill, S. (2020, August 19). The Cynical Theorists Behind Cynical Theories. Liberal Currents. https://www.liberalcurrents.com/the-cynical-theorists-behind-cynical-theories/
  woofrock | Dec 4, 2020 |
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