036: Ep32 – The Public Philosopher and the Gadfly

The Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast

This thirty-second episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast features a follow-up interview with Dr. Tommy J Curry of Texas A&M University (who featured in Ep9 before this one), on the controversy and death threats that he endured when a piece was published mischaracterizing his work in The American Conservative.

Photo of Dr. Tommy Curry.

Photo of Dr. Tommy J. Curry, courtesy of Benjamin Rasmussen for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Image of the cover of The Man-Not, by Dr. Tommy Curry. Dr. Curry is the author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood, which was published in July of 2017 with Temple University Press. Dr. Curry’s work and the attacks he received were examined closely in a piece published on Snopes.com, which shows the dangerous error that the AC piece made. An excellent bit of reporting and writing came out in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Tommy’s story too, though it is situated behind a “pay wall.” Get the story straight from Tommy in this episode for free!

Listen for our “You Tell Me!” questions and for some jokes in one of our concluding segments, called “Philosophunnies.” Reach out to us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread and on Twitter @PhilosophyBB; email us at philosophybakesbread@gmail.com; or call and record a voicemail that we play on the show, at 859.257.1849. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). Check us out online at PhilosophyBakesBread.com and check out SOPHIA at PhilosophersInAmerica.com.


(1 hr 6 mins)

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  1. Tommy J. Curry, The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood (Temple University Press, 2017).
  2. Rod Dreher, “When Is It Ok to Kill Whites?The American Conservative, May 8, 2017.
  3. Bethania Palma, “Did a Texas A&M Professor Advocate Killing White People?Snopes.com, June 2, 2016.
  4. On “Paleo-conservatives,” see Samuel Francis, “The Paleo Persuasion,” The American Conservative, December 16, 2002 and Dylan Matthews, “Paleoconservatism, the movement that explains Donald Trump, explained,” Vox.com, May 6, 2016.
  5. The Shoah Foundation preserves memories and history of the Holocaust of World War II. For more information, see this 2017 CNN story: Sara Ashley O’Brien, “Shoah Foundation Is Using Technology to Preserve Holocaust Survivor Stories,” CNN.com, April 4, 2017.
  6. The American Philosophical Association’s “Statement on Valuing Public Philosophy,” May 2017.



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For our future “You Tell Me!” segments, Dr. Curry proposed the following question in this episode, for which we invite your feedback: “Should the ‘Alt-Right’ or white supremacist publics constrain the mission and the discourse of universities?

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