Thanks for your response and sorry for my late reply; I was busy finishing up my degree. Your point is echoed by many, and I don’t discount its validity. I don’t believe I suggested that there was a binary: banishing someone from the canon vs. celebrating them as a genius philosopher without acknowledging their personal behavior. I don’t think every philosopher who has ever done wrong should be banished from the canon. Otherwise, we would probably have no canon! But there is certainly a middle ground that allows us to maintain a canon while also dismantling the pedestal that puts these figures so high up as to be untouchable, so that they can commit all the crimes they want, scot-free. That’s all I’m saying.

Philosophy grad, lawyer in training. I write about society, politics, and the human experience, mostly based on reflections of my own humble life.

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