Hamilton College, a liberal arts college in New York, has recently announced that majors at the college will now include a mandatory course on ‘diversity’, by which the college means:
… structural and institutional hierarchies based on one or more of the social categories of race, class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexuality, age, and abilities/disabilities.
While the college insists this requirement has been introduced after strong student demand, the reality is that some wingnut radical professors have pushed this wingnut agenda to create some new jobs for other wingnuts.
Let’s explore the college a little.
According to their website, Hamilton offers 44 majors. For the sake of clarity, let’s divide them into Useless and Useful, just as rough categories, and ignore the minors.
Cinema and Media Studies
Dance and Movement Studies
Literature and Creative Writing
Essentially, 31 degree majors for women, and 12 for men (with a few outliers here and there, no doubt), and one interdisciplinary option, which will either be useless or useful depending on which majors you combine. The college will have little work to do with the women’s majors, since almost all of them are already offering craven liberal radicalism designed to ensure the students emerge from college crippled, incapable of independent thought and certain that whatever bad things happen to them (aka life), it will be the fault of someone else.
The courses for the men’s degrees are going to be slightly more difficult to implement. Philosophy and music, which are traditionally more akin to mathematics than liberal arts, will be a piece of cake! Oh look! Here’s the Philosophy Department!
209 Human Nature, Gender, and Identity.An introductory survey of philosophical approaches to feminism. Examines the historical progression of feminist philosophical thought, as well as some of the debates that animate contemporary feminist theory. Will address the general question of feminism’s relationship to, and tensions with, philosophical thought. Prerequisite, one course in philosophy or women’s studies or consent of instructor.
222F Race, Gender and Culture.A critical philosophical examination of the normative categories of race, gender and culture. Topics include the origin, character and function of racial, gender and social identities. Analysis will focus on questions concerning the malleability of these identities, as well as questions concerning their psychological and social significance. (Writing-intensive.) Open only to 1st and 2nd year students. (Same as Women’s Studies 222 and Africana Studies 222.)
242S The Black Self: Identity and Consciousness.A philosophical exploration of a variety of historical and contemporary works that illuminate and influence the phenomenological experience of being black. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, One course in philosophy or Africana studies, or consent of instructor. (Same as Africana Studies 242.)
338F Marxism, Feminism, and Anti-racism: A Philosophical Encounter.We will examine the ways in which Marx’s legacy and the tradition of Marxism have been critiqued, transformed, stretched and expanded to address contemporary forms of oppression. We will begin with Marx’s early manuscripts and move through the corpus, to conclude with Capital. We will discuss not only class under capitalism, but also the constitution of gender, race and sexuality.
You might think I would be tempted to file philosophy under the Useless rubric, but I’m actually rather chortling with glee at how the department has handled the insertion of these absurdities into their subject matter. First of all, all philosophy majors must complete at least one logic course. There goes most of the women right there. Secondly, no cross-listed course can be used to satisfy mandatory degree requirements, and of the two required electives, only one may be cross-listed.
Philosophy professors: do not mess with them.
I love it! Can you even imagine the average SJW or feminist or #BlackLivesMatter tackling this course:
122F Infinity. An introduction to philosophy by way of the infinite. We’ll look at the puzzles and challenges raised for our understanding of ourselves and the world by examining different views about infinity, from Zeno’s paradoxes and Aristotle’s actual/potential distinction; through the medieval concept of syncategorematicity, Galileo’s paradox, and infinitesimals in calculus; to Cantor’s transfinites and the foundations of mathematics. We’ll read works of fiction as well as more traditional philosophy. No particular mathematical background will be assumed, but we will do some basic set theory.
Looking over the philosophy course lists, it appears that the department has circumvented the radical agenda by already offering all the ‘diversity’ courses the university could possibly want, while cross-listing the more ridiculous ones (Philosophy as Spiritual Quest, The Philosophy of History) so they cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. The ‘diversity in science and math’ topics are all conveniently cross-listed already. Clever. Now they become mandatory, increasing the enrollment in philosophy courses (more funding, yay!) without compromising the traditional purpose of philosophy, and perhaps even injecting a bit of sanity into the discussion by NOT cross-listing the ones focused on rationality and objectivity.
310S Philosophy of Science.Focus on the philosophical analysis of scientific knowledge, scientific method and the practice of science. Readings include classic texts in the philosophy of science as well as contemporary discussions of science as a social product and critiques of the notion of scientific objectivity. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, one course in philosophy or consent of instructor. (Same as Neuroscience 310.)
405S] Knowledge, Truth, and Mathematics. A survey of the philosophical questions that arise from considering historical and contemporary approaches to explaining our knowledge of mathematics. Do we have a priori knowledge of necessary truths? Is our knowledge of mathematics empirical? Perhaps we do not really have mathematical knowledge.
415F Objectivity and Rationality. Is objectivity possible? If it is, is it an epistemic value worth pursuing? How does objectivity relate to the metaphysics of experience and to our ideals of rationality? How does objectivity relate to truth? Readings will draw from traditional philosophers of science, historians and sociologists of science, feminist philosophers of science and other writings in science studies.
 Mind and Body. An examination of literature in philosophy of mind. Focus on questions and issues such as: What is the mind? How is it related to the body? What is its role in personal identity? How do theories of mind relate to our understanding of affective and cognitive phenomena such as the emotions, will and reason? Prerequisite, three courses in philosophy or consent of instructor. Taught as a seminar. (Same as Neuroscience 440.)
Oh dear, radical wingnut professors. Looks like the philosophy department has been one step ahead of you for some time. Darn those believers in logic, objectivity, rationality and argument! It’s almost as if being competent at those things confers some sort of advantage.
That’s so unfair!
Hamilton College appears well-poised to continue its fine tradition of educating male students who will go on to do all the necessary work of creating and maintaining civilization. Think how more the College could achieve if they made the course in critical reasoning and logic mandatory for all the Dance Movement, Women’s Studies and African Studies majors!
They’d rid the campus of feminist and social justice hysterics overnight!
An idea worth considering.
Lots of love,