Jordan Peterson and the (F)law of ‘Scientific Inquiry'

A Critical Evaluation of Peterson’s Use of Science and Philosophy in His Conquest Against Social Justice

  • David Guignion University of Western Ontario
Keywords: Friedrich Nietzsche, Gender, Hannah Arendt, Jean Baudrillard, Jordan Peterson, Judith Butler, Totalitarianism, Trans-identities


This article explores Jordan Peterson’s political project in response to Canada’s legislation of Bill C-16, a bill seeking to add gender expression to the list of grounds for discrimination under the criminal code. Peterson opposes Bill C-16 because it presents, for him, an ideological mode of speech and thought regulation. For Peterson, this bill is the result of the decline of scientific validity and the rise of a postmodernism motivated by the desire to undermine Western civilization. Therefore, this article argues that Peterson’s challenge to postmodern thought as an anti-scientific doctrine is perplexing given the general lack of consensus between his views and those of the greater scientific community. The article presents different theoretical frameworks attesting to the reality of gender non-conforming identities as well as to the consequences of denying these identities, and argues that rather than challenging oppressive systems of governance, Peterson’s project actually mirrors them.

Author Biography

David Guignion, University of Western Ontario

David Guignion is a Doctoral Student in Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada. His Master’s thesis explored the intersection of Jean Baudrillard’s work with posthumanism.

How to Cite
Guignion, D. (2019). Jordan Peterson and the (F)law of ‘Scientific Inquiry’. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 41, 7-23.