You might assume that, as a philosopher and as someone with an interest in Islamic culture, I would view the prospect of a Donald Trump Presidency with great alarm. To the contrary! I think his election could bring many unforeseen benefits, philosophically speaking. Here are just a few.
1. Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason to get exciting rebrand as Trump Critique of Pure Reason.
2. Far easier to get undergraduate students to take Plato’s critique of democracy seriously. (*)
3. Principle of plenitude (“any genuine possibility, no matter how remote, will be realized eventually”) definitively proven true.
4. Principle of sufficient reason (“all events have a rationally explicable cause”) definitively proven false.
5. Many employment opportunities for young philosophers as established faculty flee the country.
6. Unlike one of his rivals Mr Trump has not, as far as we’re aware, compared philosophers unfavorably to welders.
7. Great new example to invoke in arguments over the Problem of Evil.
8. Kierkegaardians rejoice, since salvation attainable only through the absurd.
9. Whole new branch of Philosophy of Language needed to determine truth conditions of sentences uttered by President Trump (if any).
10. Future generations likely to plow money into time travel research in order to discover how to change the past.
(*) Update in Jan 2017: I have been teaching Plato's Republic this semester and it has indeed been a lot easier.
Big amused thumbs up. But I
Big amused thumbs up. But I suppose the comparison to "plumbers" remark as a variation on the actual unfortunate one that Rubio gave about "welders."