4 thoughts on “Feminist philosopher in the news

  1. How weird. It’s interesting to read Huckabee’s actual statement; alll he actually claims is that the phrase was not coined by him and that someone has said that Nussbaum used the phrase when talking about the LGBT community, all of which is in fact technically true, but with politician’s flair for conveying an impression simply by not saying something, he conveniently fails to mention how critical she is of it.

  2. Hmmm, I wonder whether I’m the cause of this. After reading about Huckabee’s ‘ick factor’ comment on Huffington Post, I sent him a comment on his web site which included the (somewhat snide) recommendation that he read Martha Nussbaum’s latest book on the topic of disgust. Less than 24 hours later, he has the relevant blog post up. He really should have read the book.

  3. That would certainly explain the puzzle of Nussbaum just showing up all of a sudden in his explanation — he reads your comment, googles Nussbaum, gets the Edge article I linked to (which he mentioned, and which is not very clear on Nussbaum’s use of the phrase), and suddenly Nussbaum is part of an explanation about why ‘ick factor’ is, in his words, “an established phrase used mostly from same-sex marriage advocates and militants”.

  4. Brandon and Anonymous, I suspect the story is even simpler. The comment went to a staff member who was at the very best took a class in philosophy from someone like us. And he or she decided that philosophy basically says what you want it to say.

    More seriously, from what I hear from those lobbying on the hill, reading is the chore of the staff, and still more thinking.

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