Heather Mac Donald, The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe

Rafe McGregor

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Abstract

The War on Cops is a collection of previously-published essays by Heather Mac Donald, a public intellectual in the United States who belongs to the ‘small faction’ of secular conservatives (Mark Oppenheimer, “A Place on the Right for a Few Godless Conservatives”, New York Times, February 18, 2011). The essays are journalistic rather than academic, having appeared in the City Journal, National Review, New York Daily News, InsideSources, Wall Street Journal, and Weekly Standard, but the volume is nonetheless significant to contemporary philosophers due to both its form and content. First, Mac Donald presents a logical argument for her position and makes explicit use of philosophical devices such as thought experiments. Second, this argument concerns the controversy surrounding the killing of African American males by police officers in the last three years and she provides the first sustained criticism of the rationale for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-636
JournalJournal of Applied Philosophy
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes

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