The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 20th, 2014
Philosophy professors at the University of Colorado’s flagship campus here thought they were taking a bold step.
They wanted to help solve their field’s longstanding problems over the
treatment of women and find ways to improve the climate on their own
But instead, the philosophy department’s decision to invite an outside
review has left it struggling to survive after the investigators
concluded it was rife with "inappropriate, sexualized unprofessional
In the last year, administrators have removed the department’s
chairman, halted graduate admissions in the field, moved to fire a
tenured professor, suspended two others, and opened an investigation
into yet one more.
As a result, Boulder has become emblematic of everything that’s wrong
with philosophy departments today and of a discipline whose levels of
incivility, critics charge, make it unwelcoming to women.