Friday, February 25, 2005

Does Polemic Have A Place in Philosophy?

I tend to think that polemic is out of place in philosophy except in response to philosophical polemicists. But Ed Feser's excellent discussion gives me pause.

However things may stand with philosophy, polemic has a role to play in political debate because of what a I call the Converse Clausewitz principle: Politics is war conducted by other means. Everything the Left does shows that they understand and act on this principle. So if we conservatives ignore it, we put ourselves at a disadvantage.