James Lindsay

James Lindsay is a mathematician with a background in physics. He is interested in the psychology of religion, authoritarianism, and extremism and is the author of Everybody is Wrong about God. His other books include Life in Light of Death and How to Have Impossible Conversations. His essays have appeared in the Wall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesPhilosophers’ MagazineScientific American, and Time. He led the Grievance Studies Affair probe that made international headlines in 2018, including the front page of the New York Times.

Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody

Where does our new “woke” language come from? Why is it so harmful to actual progress in the realm of social justice? The Social Justice movement that dominates the thinking of contemporary society didn’t always exist. Rather, it originated in 1960s French academia through an intellectual movement called postmodernism, a way of thinking about reality that disregards objective truth and meaning. Later, in the 1980s and 90s, postmodern thought produced Critical Theory which supplies the current Social Justice movement with a majority of its ideas. Liberal thinkers Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay illustrate the rise of Social Justice movements in culture and the academy, advocating for a return to true liberalism as a means to question reality without forsaking objectivity.

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