Oliver Traldi

Oliver Traldi

Oliver Traldi is a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

Affirmative Action Conundrums

Affirmative Action Conundrums

Historian, anti-racist activist, and recently named MacArthur “Genius” Grant awardee Ibram X. Kendi made waves on Twitter recently with the following (since-deleted) tweet: The survey results to which Kendi referred were highly dubious, but his critics seized on a different point. Taking them at face value (as Kendi seemed eager

Oliver Traldi
Oliver Traldi
10 min read
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The Role of Politics in Academic Philosophy

The Role of Politics in Academic Philosophy

Recently Quillette published an exchange about the low proportion of conservatives in academic philosophy departments, consisting of an article by Tristan Rogers and a response by Shelby Hanna. This interesting exchange largely concerns the status of conservative political philosophy within the discipline and the interpretation of the PhilPapers survey results

Oliver Traldi
Oliver Traldi
4 min read
Education
The Case for Contrarianism

The Case for Contrarianism

Another semester, another academic publishing scandal, complete with calls for penitence and punishment. This time the catalyst is “The Case for Colonialism,” a “Viewpoint” editorial in Third World Quarterly. In this essay, Bruce Gilley argued that “it is high time to question [the anti-colonial] orthodoxy. Western colonialism was, as a

Oliver Traldi
Oliver Traldi
7 min read
Education
Review—The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics

Review—The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics

A review of The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, by Mark Lilla. HarperCollins, (August 15, 2017) 160 pages.   Like Hillary Clinton, many commentators of all stripes are still looking back at the 2016 presidential election and asking: “What happened?” Mark Lilla’s short book builds on

Oliver Traldi
Oliver Traldi
15 min read
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"Kill All Normies" Online Culture Wars and the Rise of the Alt-Right—A Review

"Kill All Normies" Online Culture Wars and the Rise of the Alt-Right—A Review

A Review of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt- Right, by Angela Nagle. Zero Books, $9.99 (Kindle edition).   An Irish literary critic and academic as well as a “dirtbag leftist” with bylines in Jacobin, The Baffler, and Current Affairs,

Oliver Traldi
Oliver Traldi
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A Line in the Sand for Academic Philosophy

A Line in the Sand for Academic Philosophy

Academic philosophers have finally found a line they’re willing to hold against the discipline’s social justice contingent. They hadn’t reached the line yet when bloggers started brigading against conferences where only male invitees had accepted invitations. They hadn’t reached the line yet

Oliver Traldi
Oliver Traldi
9 min read
Education