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Could the French postmodern philosopher, Michel Foucault or American Gender theorist, Judith Butler provide us with arguments for the value of viewpoint diversity? For increasing the number of conservative faculty members on college campuses? Alice Dreger thinks so. 

Today’s blog, written by Alice, a Heterodox Academy Advisory Council Member and the author of four books, most notably, Galileo’s Middle Finger, is an exquisite reflection on one academic feminist’s journey into and through the “science wars” – a divide between those who thought science could obtain objective truth and those who thought truth was a social-construction – and the lessons that she learned in the process. Her piece is called, “Could Feminism (Again) Provide an Argument for More Conservatives?” 

To engage deeper with Dreger’s ideas, check out our related posts “Difference and Repetition in the Viewpoint Diversity Space” by Musa al-Gharbi, “Towards an Ethics of Activism” by Frances Lee, and “Callosal Failure: One Hundred Years of Viewpoint Diversity Activism” by Musa al-Gharbi.

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This episode was hosted by Zach Rausch. The artwork was inspired by Musa’s piece and was created by Lexi Polokoff. You can follow her on Instagram @lexipolokoffart