Kenneth R. Pike

Kenneth R. Pike

Kenneth R. Pike is an assistant professor of Philosophy and Law at the Florida Institute of Technology. The views expressed here are his own, and do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

The Pretext of Diversity in American Universities

The Pretext of Diversity in American Universities

Whenever the topic of affirmative action and academic diversity trends, a certain classroom experience comes to mind. After a lecture comparing the political philosophies of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, I asked my students which seemed worse: tyranny or anarchy. A consensus began to gel around anarchy being preferable to

Kenneth R. Pike
Kenneth R. Pike
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Scott Alexander, Philosopher King of the Weird People

Scott Alexander, Philosopher King of the Weird People

If you (like me) spend an unhealthy amount of time reading about morality and politics online, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Scott Alexander’s Slate Star Codex. In the best of all possible worlds, this would be because someone pointed you toward his pun-laden kabbalistic theodicy

Kenneth R. Pike
Kenneth R. Pike
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Thanksgiving—A Uniquely American Tradition

Thanksgiving—A Uniquely American Tradition

After decades of faithful repetition, the annual intellectual flagellation of Thanksgiving has become a tradition all its own, as seemingly indispensable as turkey or pumpkin pie. But despite the many things for which we need or ought not be grateful, gratitude is yet a virtue. In the story of the

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Kenneth R. Pike
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