This week it was learned that Donald Trump would become the GOP Presidential nominee, as the last of his opponents dropped out after learning the results of the Indiana primary. Although philosophers are generally not heavily involved in the day-to-day of politics, numerous philosophers have shared their opinions of Donald Trump. The common theme running through such commentaries is a concern about what his candidacy means for the country and the world. In other words, the key philosophical issue involved in the Trump phenomenon is not Trump’s policies, but what Trump portends for the stability of our society. As I share a number of these concerns, I thought this week I would pass along some of the many philosophical analyses I’ve read since The Donald first declared his candidacy. Please share any others you’ve come across in the comments section.
- Googling Is Believing: Trumping the Informed Citizen, by Michael Lynch, published on The Stone blog.
- The Politics of Illusion: From Socrates and Psychoanalysis to Donald Trump, by David Livingstone Smith, published on the Philosophy Talk blog.
- This French Philosophy Is The Only One Who Can Explain The Donald Trump Phenomenon, by Judd Legum, published at Think Progress.
What are you reading?