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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Star Philosopher Falls, and a Debate Over Sexism Is Set Off -

While the status of women in the sciences has received broad national attention, debate about sexism in philosophy has remained mostly within the confines of academia. But the revelation this summer that Colin McGinn, a star philosopher at the University of Miami, had agreed to leave his tenured post after allegations of sexual harassment brought by a graduate student, has put an unusually famous name to the problem, exposing the field to what some see as a healthy dose of sunlight.


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profs sexually harrassing (or being semi- to fully-consentually sexually invovled with) female students or grad students? Gee, that has only been going on since ... there have been female students and grad students.

Posted by: titan | Aug 6, 2013 1:48:50 PM

A female friend of mine complained to me once about the nonsense of the University of Cambridge rewriting its Statutes and Ordinances in genuflection to feminist norms while leaving unpunished the routine molesting of female students by one of the academics in one of the physical science Labs. Did Miami really act on the complaint of only one student? The bad buggers tend to be bad many times.

Posted by: dearieme | Aug 7, 2013 2:45:14 AM

It now occurs to me that universities are so arranged that academics are pretty much encouraged to abuse and exploit graduate students - or at least are incentivised to do so. Is it any wonder that some then extend that misbehaviour to matters sexual?

As I tend to say in the context of universities "Dissolution of the Monasteries".

Posted by: dearieme | Aug 7, 2013 2:48:21 AM