The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 26th, 2014
Brian Leiter may be a law professor, a philosopher, and the editor of an influential report
that ranks universities’ philosophy departments. But when it comes to
dealing with people he regards as being out of line, a different feature
comes to the fore: "I’m a New Yorker."
Over the past year, for example, the Manhattan native has told one
fellow philosopher that she is "a disgrace" who works for "a shit
department," has threatened to sue another he dismissed on Twitter as a
"sanctimonious arse," and has suggested on one of his three blogs that
still another professor should leave the profession "and perhaps find a
field where nonsense is permitted."
"I don’t pull punches. I never have," said Mr. Leiter, director of
the University of Chicago’s Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human
Values, in an interview on Thursday.