In defense of the ivory tower: Why philosophers should stay out of politics

Philosophical Psychology 28 (7):1045-1063 (2015)
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Bas Van Der Vossen
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
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Many political theorists, philosophers, social scientists, and other academics engage in political activism. And many think this is how things ought to be. In this essay, I challenge the ideal of the politically engaged academic. I argue that, quite to the contrary, political theorists, philosophers, and other political thinkers have a prima facie duty to refrain from political activism. This argument is based on a commonsense moral principle, a claim about the point of political thought, and findings in cognitive psychology.
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