“Objectivity, as found through rational thought, is a Western and masculine concept that we will challenge throughout this text.”

“Objectivity, as found through rational thought, is a Western and masculine concept that we will challenge throughout this text.”

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Dr. Jordan Peterson consoles two professors who are waking up to the anti-reality dogma of the post-modernists. The redpilling is quite a sight. Video in a moment…

David Haskell: “I’m trying to get into the head space of some of my colleagues, so I got out a textbook called Race, Class, and Gender. It’s an anthology that’s used in Cultural Studies courses, Women’s Studies courses; it’s sort of the “go-to” text, so I’m told. I’m reading it, and I turn to page 14, and I can tell you it was page 14 because I was so astounded by what I found. It said: “Objectivity, as found through rational thought, is a Western and masculine concept that we will challenge throughout this text.””

Peterson: “Yeah. It’s too bad that you’re shocked by that.”

“I couldn’t believe it! So you want to go for irrational?!”

“The PC-types have been saying exactly that since the 1970s.  Make no mistake about this…this isn’t something they are “secreting” in. This is the dead statement. The whole notion of logic and coherence, and empirical data for that matter…”

“Objective evidence!”

“Let’s question the definition of evidence…”

As noted in the video comments, the very fact that these professors are just waking up to the extent of the problem really demonstrates the isolation of academia from the real world, and this is as scary as the subject matter itself.

This is a six minute clip (containing the quoted exchange) of a two hour discussion. You can find a link to the whole thing in the video description.

Compare and contrast with St. Thomas Aquinas via +Garrigou-Lagrange:

This introduction (to Aristotle’s Metaphysica) concludes with a defense, against the Sophists, of the objective validity of reason itself, and of reason’s first principle, the principle of contradiction. He who denies this principle affirms a self-destructive sentence. To deny this principle is to annihilate language, is to destroy all substance, all distinction between things, all truths, thoughts, and even opinions, all desires and acts. We could no longer distinguish even the degrees of error… A more profound defense of the objective validity of reason and reason’s first law has never been written…

In the intelligible reality thus known, our intellect seizes at once its opposition to non-being, an opposition expressed by the principle of contradiction: Being is not non-being. “By nature our intellect knows being and the immediate characteristics of being as being, out of which knowledge arises the understanding of first principles, of the principle, say, that affirmation and denial cannot coexist (opposition between being and non-being): and other similar principles.”

+Garrigou-Lagrange, Reality, 1.7, 4

Keep in mind, the anti-realists would say, “You just proved our point. You think arguing from Aquinas’ so-called objective reality means anything to us? Um, Western and Masculine much?”

By the very nature of their position, these people can’t be reasoned with.

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3 comments on ““Objectivity, as found through rational thought, is a Western and masculine concept that we will challenge throughout this text.”

  1. We live in a post-factual world in which objective truth and ascertainable facts are irrelevant. Such a world is certainly doomed to collapse into itself, but we have to deal with it.

  2. These totally irrational, subjective people are, ironically, and as Liberals always do, demonstrating the validity of the objective and rational.
    /
    “…the anti-realists would say, ‘You just proved our point. You think arguing from Aquinas’ so-called objective reality means anything to us? Um, Western and Masculine much?’
    /
    Answer: Your whole “point” is that there is no objective reality, common to you and I, by which to prove any “point” at all. By your own principle of subjectivity, you not only don’t have any “points”, but “points” as such are impossible.
    So shut the hey up.
    You think your so-called subjectivity means anything to us?
    If it did, then we, subjectively, refuse *your* subjective, self-created, self-indulgent fantasy.
    We just don’t LIKE it, you know? It doesn’t feel right, you know?
    Just like you *don’t* like objective reality, we *do* like it, and you yourselves say that truth is what we like, not what is “out there”, imposing itself on us.
    Therefore, by your own principles, our objectivity is at least as true as your subjectivity.
    So shut the hey up.
    The only way you can even begin to pretend to impose your petty personal opinion on us is if you lie in the most vile and obviously hypocritical and self-contradictory fashion; if you claim that your opinions are objective fact. But that’s precisely what you deny.
    You have screwed yourselves, and you’re too stupid to see it.
    /
    This is just one illustration of what Garrigou-LaGrange says:
    “To deny this principle [of objectivity] is to annihilate language, is to destroy all substance, all distinction between things, all truths, thoughts, and even opinions, all desires and acts.”
    /
    God bless you, Garrigou.

  3. Fr. Reginald Garrigou-LeGrange would give you an “A” for that demonstration, NIN. Well played!

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