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Callie Patteson

September 8, 2021

A Portland State University professor resigned from his position in a searing open letter Wednesday — blasting the school as a “Social Justice factory” where students are “not being taught to think.”

Peter Boghossian, who taught philosophy at PSU for the past decade, accused the university of kowtowing to woke politics.

“Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues,” Boghossian wrote in the public resignation, first published in Bari Weiss’ substack “Common Sense.”

“Faculty and administrators have abdicated the university’s truth-seeking mission and instead drive intolerance of divergent beliefs and opinions. This has created a culture of offense where students are now afraid to speak openly and honestly.”

The former assistant professor of philosophy said the institution’s left-leaning identity politics has made “intellectual exploration impossible.”

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For those who don't know Peter Boghossian James Lindsay Helen Pluckrose were responsible for the  Grievance studies affair

 

 

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University Presidents and Campus Speech Controversies

University presidents have a responsibility to stand up for academic freedom

Keith E. Whittington

9.8.2021

It is now a familiar pattern. A professor says something controversial, most likely in public on social media. Someone notices and tries to attract attention by attacking the professor—perhaps in good faith disagreement, perhaps not. Petitions are started. Social media posts start trending. Calls are made to university officials demanding that something be done and asking plaintively that won't someone think of the children. The professor in question is likely to receive a spate of hate mail, both electronic and the old fashioned kind. Maybe things get serious and someone important like a donor, trustee, or politician declares that the professor should be terminated for the safety of the campus.

University presidents have a responsibility in such a situation. It should go without saying, but unfortunately it does not, that they have a responsibility to actually live up to their constitutional and contractual responsibilities and refrain from sanctioning the faculty member for saying something that someone finds controversial. They should insist that harassment and threats directed against members of the faculty will not be tolerated. Professors should at least be confident that when the mobs arrive, pitchforks in hand, that university leaders will not flinch and give in to the demands of the mob.

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They are either cowards or (more likely?) Agree with the new Brownshirts.

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