I have been writing an unofficial mini-series on “false dichotomies” (i.e., informal logical fallacies where one is being forced to choose between two extreme options, while in reality there are more nuanced positions available) for The Philosophers’ Magazine.
The third (and, for now, at the least) last installment just came out. It deals with the nature-nurture issue, one that I’ve covered a number of times in the past (see, for instance, here; I’ve also written a book about it).
The previous two essays were concerned with specific applications of practical import: the first one on so-called trigger warnings (see this long but worthwhile article in The Atlantic for background), the second one on Islamophobia.
In this last installment I discuss the issue of nature-v-nurture in the context of ongoing (very delicate, controversial, inflammatory) discussions about gender, transgender, sexual orientation and, to a lesser degree race.
(As an aside: stay tuned for the launch of my new regular column for TPM, entitled, obviously, Footnotes to Plato. The first issue will come out in a few days…)