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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Snowflakes Ban Plato

Oh dear, I see that so called "higher education" is attracting more and more intolerant idiots.

The student snowflake union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has got its collective knickers in a twist over the contents of of courses that deal with philosophy. It seems that that figures such as Plato, Descartes and Immanuel Kant are offensive to the snowflakes.

For why?

Coz they is white!

The snowflakes in the union insist that when studying philosophy “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Africa and Asia.

The snowflakes claim this is part of their wider campaign to “decolonise” the university, as it seeks to “address the structural and epistemological legacy of colonialism”.

Unsurprisingly, more intelligent people have think that this is bollocks. Sir Roger Scruton, the philosopher, said the demands suggest “ignorance”.

He is quoted by the Telegraph:
You can't rule out a whole area of intellectual endeavour without having investigated it and clearly they haven't investigated what they mean by white philosophy.

If they think there is a colonial context from which Kant's Critique of Pure Reason arose, I would like to hear it."
Unfortunately, Sir Roger's reasoning may well be ignored, even so called "educated" people (or those who seek to be "educated") can be remarkably bigoted and cretinous.

Oh and by the way, in 2014 Nathan P. Gilmour (Associate Professor of English and Composition Culture Director, Emmanuel College Cambridge) wrote an article pointing out that Plato was not in fact "white".
"That’s what’s insidious about declaring Plato “White” too easily: such a move threatens to obscure the contingency of history, in which the man Plato was not “White” because that term takes its twenty-first-century meaning not from skin-coloring but from a centuries-long (but not THAT many centuries!) narrative of Capitalist-formed human slavery, nationalist-based empire-building, and–I grant this point–attempts to co-opt texts like those of Homer and Euripides and Plato as parts of a “Western Canon,” a movement that claims them as part of a project of “civilization” undeniably tied up in the story of how northern and western Europeans became “White” as opposed to the Asian and African and American tribes over whom they won military supremacy."
Maybe the snowflakes should read that first beofre unleashing their 21st century prejudices on a long dead philosopher.

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