Inside Higher Ed
August 28th, 2014
People get furious with Cynthia Jones. Philosophy is known as the
blood sport of the humanities, and Jones, an associate professor of
philosophy at the University of Texas-Pan American, doesn’t shrink from
conflict. But she’d been sparring not just with fellow philosophers in
seminar rooms, but with people from all corners of her campus.
UT-Pan American, where Jones directs an ethics center, sits about 20
miles from the Mexican border. The university is not connected to the
big money in Texas. To survive, the ethics center needs external
funding. In seeking outside grants, however, Jones made enemies -- and
ran into ethical quandaries she didn’t expect.
“Pretty much everyone I’ve taken money from over the years, somebody
didn’t like,” she said. “There is no moral exemplar of goodness that I
can take money from but that no one’s pissed off about … I’ve had people
yell at me from all seven colleges on my campus.”