Peter Boghossian is an American philosopher and pedagogist.
He was an assistant Professor Of Philosophy at Portland State University for ten years. His areas of academic focus include atheism, critical thinking, pedagogy, scientific scepticism, and the Socratic method.
Peter authored A Manual for Creating Atheists and (with James Lindsay) How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide.
In 2018, Peter and two other academics – James Lindsay and Helen Pluckrose – published a series of hoax papers in academic journals that promoted gender studies and critical race theory.
The papers were initially peer-reviewed and published but later rejected after the hilarious prank was revealed.
It showed that journals were publishing papers without properly evaluating their quality or rigor.
In 2019, Portland State University’s institutional review board found that Peter had committed “research misconduct” by writing the hoax papers.
In late 2021, Peter resigned from Portland State University, citing harassment and a lack of intellectual freedom. He has since become a vocal critic of wokeness and cancel culture on college campuses.
His book, How To Have Impossible Conversations, is about about how to have productive, civil discussions with people who have different opinions, providing practical advice on how to listen actively, ask open-ended questions, and avoid common conversational pitfalls.
It formed the foundation of our conversation.
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