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Anyone met Leiter IRL?

Pythagoras

5 day(s) ago

Leiter in his dreams is Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson is everything Leiter wants to be: a courageous leader who draws a large following by speaking truth to power from an interdisciplinary perspective shaped by both humanistic and scientific thinking. He even practices (Jungian) psychoanalysis!

Leiter IRL is a mixed bag. At his best he's a bit like JP. At his worst, he rages against JP.

By the way, make time to read JP's national and international No. 1 beststeller, '12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos'.

Pope

5 day(s) ago

Shilling for the self-help aisle? Man, this thread has fallen onto hard times.

J.B.

5 day(s) ago

He hates Trump, which is something no just man with a good heart could do.

That's all you need to know about BL.

Ewa

Donald Trump is a savage degenerate cocksucking animal who drinks the blood of children in their sleep. He should be hunted in the streets like a savage dog -- him and his entire corrupt, inbred pack of ass-raping scumbags.

Gustav

4 day(s) ago

Leiter in his dreams is Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson is everything Leiter wants to be: a courageous leader who draws a large following by speaking truth to power from an interdisciplinary perspective shaped by both humanistic and scientific thinking. He even practices (Jungian) psychoanalysis!

Leiter IRL is a mixed bag. At his best he's a bit like JP. At his worst, he rages against JP.

By the way, make time to read JP's national and international No. 1 beststeller, '12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos'.

Pythagoras

What a load of crap. By this reasoning, everyone who criticizes Brian Leiter wants to be Brian Leiter. Leiter criticizes Peterson because Peterson is a pseudo-intellectual.

Hartry

4 day(s) ago

By this reasoning, everyone who criticizes Brian Leiter wants to be Brian Leiter.

Gustav

That's not the reasoning...

Guillaume

4 day(s) ago

I'm Brian Leiter, and the only people I know from here I met at a swingers party.

Godfrey

4 day(s) ago

Leiter in his dreams is Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson is everything Leiter wants to be: a courageous leader who draws a large following by speaking truth to power from an interdisciplinary perspective shaped by both humanistic and scientific thinking. He even practices (Jungian) psychoanalysis!

Leiter IRL is a mixed bag. At his best he's a bit like JP. At his worst, he rages against JP.

By the way, make time to read JP's national and international No. 1 beststeller, '12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos'.

Pythagoras

What a load of crap. By this reasoning, everyone who criticizes Brian Leiter wants to be Brian Leiter. Leiter criticizes Peterson because Peterson is a pseudo-intellectual.

Gustav

I hear this a lot, but I don't see what's so pseudo-intellectual about Peterson. He is a highly qualified and cited psychologist, and most of what he discusses he discusses through that lens. He's also permitted to have opinions on things outside his academic field, as we all are. Leiter's political rants seem pretty shallow by comparison, even if he is probably a more careful student of Marx. It seems to me that Peterson applies the psychological school of suspicion to the radical left, and most of what he says is in line with Nietzsche's thinking on the subject, for example. However, given his psychological work on personality, including his current research on the phenomenon of political correctness, one can't accuse him of simply lifting the ideas from Nietzsche either.

I honestly think that a lot of the hate Peterson gets from left-wing academics is precisely because he's qualified and articulate in his criticisms of the radical left; also because's he's well-spoken and relatively handsome, which many of us are not (I say "us" out of politeness). Because he's not just another half-educated right-wing blowhard, it is that much more imperative to paint him as such. That being said, I liked him more before he started to resemble a cult leader...

Roderick

4 day(s) ago

Leiter also rants about Steven Pinker all the time, and Pinker is another person who Leiter would like to be.

Roscelin

4 day(s) ago

Fire up the Leiter Patreon it's not too late

Nahmanides

4 day(s) ago

"because Peterson is a pseudo-intellectual"

Anyone whose "intellectual" activity and status and world-view is the product of a giant system of inter-locking state-controlled institutions is not very likely to be the real deal. There's some irony in this herd of court intellectuals and yuppy strivers beavering away at their comfy "intellectual" cubicle jobs--assigning number grades, tinkering with papers for the approval of their "peers", bickering about rankings and funding--thinking they decide who is and isn't a "real" intellectual. I give Peterson some props just for disagreeing with the herd on a few things. Seems that he actually thinks for himself once in a while. He is much too squishy and evasive on a number of key issues, of course, but then he's only human.

"he's not just another half-educated right-wing blowhard."

Yeah, and because most of his "intellectual" critics are half-educated left-wing blowhards whose "education" was maybe 50% silly little slogans they were never asked to think over.

Pavel

52 minute(s) ago

I posted this on Volokh Conspiracy years ago in a discussion about Leiter. (Someone in that thread accused me of being Leiter.)

"someone who knows Leiter:

In response to Concerned Citizen:

I know Brian Leiter. I don't know him well, but have taken a class with him and have met him in a variety of situations outside of class at UT-Austin.

I have found him to be an unfailingly generous and friendly person. Yes, sometimes in conversation his comments may have a somewhat sardonic tone, but he is always humorous, civil, and friendly. I have seen Leiter go out of his way to be courteous and inclusive to people of all political stripes.

One time, by e-mail, I asked him to clarify a comment he had made on my work in his class, and I was struck by how much care went into his response to my casual query. He went way beyond the call of duty and I have always admired that.

He really is the model of professional efficiency and courtesy --- he turns out a lot of high-quality scholarship, spends a lot of time helping other scholars, and spends an extraordinary amount of time promoting and supervising his graduate students. You could not have a better supervisor than Brian Leiter. And on top of his own scholarly commitments and student supervision, he seems to be a tireless promoter of UT-Austin in various ways.

He never supervised me; but I was close enough to people he supervised to see how committed he was to their professional development and success as academics.

In the many hours I have spent in his presence, he has always been friendly, funny, and generally quite pleasant. Whatever you think of his blog, I have no doubt you would like Leiter if you knew him personally.

6.22.2005 8:24pm"

Source:

https://web.archive.org/web/20060118125914/http://volokh.powerblogs.com/posts/1119457598.shtml

Leiter thanked me for the comment:

http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2005/07/your_handy_guid.html

Francis

just now

I, too, have found Leiter to be friendly in person.



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