Friday, June 19, 2015

A Professor, a Graduate Student, and 2 Careers Derailed

The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 19th, 2015

The first time the young woman wound up in Peter Ludlow’s bedroom was during a party at his apartment held by Northwestern University’s philosophy department. In the luxury high-rise, with its expansive view of the Chicago skyline, Mr. Ludlow and his colleagues wined and dined prospective graduate students. He was a star professor in the department, and she had just earned her master’s degree.
"He brought me into his bedroom, where his printer was, and he was printing off all of this unpublished work that he said nobody else had read, and he said, ‘Send me all your half-cooked ideas,’" recalls the woman, who was shocked that such a prominent philosopher would share so much. She had an interest in epistemology, one of the professor's areas of expertise.

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