Many political theorists, philosophers, social scientists, and other academics engage in political activism. And many think this is how things ought to be. In this essay, I challenge the ideal of the politically engaged academic. I argue that, quite to the contrary, political theorists, philosophers, and other political thinkers have a prima facie duty to refrain from political activism. This argument is based on a commonsense moral principle, a claim about the point of political thought, and findings in cognitive psychology.
van der Vossen, Bas. “In Defense of the Ivory Tower: Why Philosophers Should Stay Out of Politics.” Philosophical Psychology, vol. 28, no. 7, 2015, pp. 1045-1063. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2014.972353
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