My Resignation Letter

My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology. So Today I Quit. The more I spoke out against the illiberalism that has swallowed Portland State University, the more retaliation I faced.

The letter was originally published on Bari Weiss’ Substack on September 8, 2021

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Peter Boghossian

Philosopher

Dr. Peter Boghossian's main focus is bringing the tools of professional philosophers to people in a wide variety of contexts. Peter has a teaching pedigree spanning more than 25 years and 30 thousand students - in prisons, hospitals, public and private schools, seminaries, universities, Fortune 100 companies, and small businesses. His fundamental objective is to teach people how to think through what often seem to be intractable problems.

Peter's primary research areas are critical thinking and moral reasoning. His doctoral research studies, funded by the State of Oregon and supported by the Oregon Department of Corrections, consisted of using the Socratic method to help prison inmates to increase their critical thinking and moral reasoning abilities and to increase their desistance to criminal behavior.

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Peter's publications can be found in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Areo, The American Mind, The Clearing House, Corrections Today, CounterPunch, Education Policy Analysis, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Essays in Philosophy, Federal Probation Journal, Free Inquiry, Informal Logic, Inside Higher Ed, Journal of Correctional Education, Journal of Philosophy of Education, The Los Angeles Times, Motherboard, Quillette, New Discourses, National Review, New Statesman, Offender Programs Report, The Philosophers’ Magazine, Philosophy's Future, The Radical Academy, Radical Pedagogy, Scientific American, Skeptic, Skeptical Inquirer, The Spectator, Teaching Philosophy, Truthout, and USA Today.

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Peter was a Councilman for the State of Oregon (LSTA), the Chairman of the Prison Advisory Committee for Columbia River Correctional Institution, wrote national philosophy curricula for the University of Phoenix, was a research fellow for the National Center for Teaching and Learning, and was a full-time faculty member in the department of philosophy at Portland State University. He is an Affiliate Research Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Sciences University in the Department of General Internal Medicine, an advisor for Counterweight and the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism, and is a national speaker for the Center for Inquiry an international speaker for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

You can follow Peter on Twitter @peterboghossian and Instagram: peter.boghossian

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Event Calendar

Coming soon...

Boise

12:00
TBA
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Atlanta

1:30 AM to 2:30 AM
Emory University
Friday, April 26, 2019

Alaska, US

8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
TBA
Sunday, April 14, 2019

Dallas

12:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Glenn Beck Show
Friday, April 12, 2019

Dresden, Germany

7:30 PM 8:30 PM
TBA
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Media Appearances

Grievance studies, selected articles & videos.

March 26, 2020

The Way Forward | Peter Boghossian

September 18, 2019

How to Disagree Better | NYT Opinion

February 21, 2019

A Massive Hoax Exposes Social Justice in Academia

February 16, 2019

James Damore at Portland State

October 30, 2018

Joe Rogan - Exposing Social Justice with Peter Boghossian & James Lindsay

June 5, 2015

Richard Dawkins and Peter Boghossian at Portland'5 Centers for the Arts

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Books

In our current political climate, it seems impossible to have a reasonable conversation with anyone who has a different opinion. Whether you’re online, in a classroom, an office, a town hall — or just hoping to get through a family dinner with a stubborn relative — dialogue shuts down when perspectives clash. Heated debates often lead to insults and shaming, blocking any possibility of productive discourse. Everyone seems to be on a hair trigger.

In How to Have Impossible Conversations, Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay guide you through the straightforward, practical, conversational techniques necessary for every successful conversation — whether the issue is climate change, religious faith, gender identity, race, poverty, immigration, or gun control. Boghossian and Lindsay teach the subtle art of instilling doubts and opening minds. They cover everything from learning the fundamentals for good conversations to achieving expert-level techniques to deal with hardliners and extremists. This book is the manual everyone needs to foster a climate of civility, connection, and empathy.

Buy a digital or paper copy on Amazon / Available in: Mandarin, Polish, German, Romanian, Korean, Czech and Russian.
For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith–and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith.

As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith–but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than twenty years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace reason.

Buy a digital or paper copy on Amazon / Available in: Polish, Korean, Greek, Persian, and Russian.

Atheos App

Atheos is an app by Dr. Peter Boghossian and his team that helps people have non-confrontational discussions about gods, religion, faith, and superstition. It will show you how to gently explore a person's strongest beliefs.

Atheos will provide you with the skills you’ll need to spot flaws in weak statements and use reason to politely help people understand why they may not be correct. It's the perfect app for atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics, freethinkers, and even believers who want to find out how best to engage in religious discussions.

"The goal is to help people become more thoughtful and more reflective about their faith-based beliefs." — Peter Boghossian

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