Academic Questions

Winter 2019

Volume 32 Issue 4

January 2, 2020

Intersectionalism: A Weaponized Parody of Christianity

John Zmirak

Modern social theories like Social Darwinism, eugenics, Nazism, and (Peter Singer’s) Utilitarian Hedonism, begin by rejecting Christian ethics, insisting that these standards are neither self-ev...

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January 2, 2020

College Admissions Ride the Equality Roundabout

John Staddon

America’s institutions of higher education face an intractable problem: excellence and equality—the two principles college admissions offices are ostensibly committed to—are mutually...

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January 2, 2020

Separatism vs. Integration: Can Separate Ever Be Equal?

Gene Dattel

In the first article for our Distinctions feature, Gene Dattell explains how the integrationist goals of the postbellum civil rights movement, emblematized by the effort to integrate schools...

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January 3, 2020

Merit vs. Equality: Careers Open to the Talents

Russell K. Nieli

Despite the opposition of a majority of Americans, elites have ensconced an "outcome-of-the-game-equality" in our educational institutions, discarding the “entry-rights-to-the-game-equal...

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January 3, 2020

Are Hate Crime Hoaxers Above the Law?

Wilfred Reilly

A careful review of the data reveals that hate crimes are not on the rise in the U.S. and that interracial violence is rare. Ironically, this could be a major factor in boosting the rate of falsely re...

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January 3, 2020

Multiculturalism and Transcendentalism

Arthur Versluis

The nineteenth century Transcendentalists were the first true multiculturalists in America, insisting that the individual seek truth in all of the world’s great religions. They are ignored by to...

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January 3, 2020

Individualism vs. Collectivism

Robert Koons

The distinction between individualism and collectivism is not as easy to discern as might be presumed. But commonly held notions about where each philosophical position leads when taken to extremes ar...

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January 3, 2020

Can Universities Survive America's Leveling?

David Randall

“Diversity and inclusion for thee but not for me” is how David Randall describes the thesis of Anthony Kronman’s 2019 book The Assault on American Excellence. Kronman, the...

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January 3, 2020

Race and Gender as Job Qualifications

Dan Subotnik

A review of Meera E. Deo's book Unequal Profession: Race and Gender in Legal Academia.

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January 3, 2020

The Forgotten Man at Elite Colleges

Anthony Hennen

"Elite colleges have an obsessive focus on diversity, but it’s generally limited to diversity of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Their commitment to diversity of class is not as clear,...

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