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At last, a man in the philosophy department at the University of Colorado-Boulder speaks out

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In response to the sensationalistic Site Visit Report, Denver Post columnist Alicia Caldwell sensibly opined "What exactly went on in CU philosophy department?" (dated Feb. 3, 2014). She was understandably frustrated by the vagueness of the Site Visit Report.






At last, one white man in the philosophy department, Michael Tooley, has broken the department's silence by posting relevant materials at , including his own lengthy statement in the document titled "Why Hasn't the Philosophy Department Strongly Criticized the Site Visit Report?"


Professor Tooley explains that "the [Site Visit] Report has caused, and will continue to cause, very significant harm, damaging the reputations of innocent people, and inflicting suffering upon their families."


He says, "The public release of the Site Visit Report has also had a devastating effect upon our current graduate students and also on our recent Ph.D. graduates who are currently on the job market, both male and female."


He believes, correctly in my estimate, that the Site Visit Report is in effect an indictment of male philosophy professors in general, not just in Colorado. Rebecca Schuman advanced this sweeping indictment in her article.


Because Rebecca Schuman and Alicia Caldwell and everybody else in the media repeated the Site Visit Report's claim that "at least 15 complaints" had been filed against members of the philosophy department since 2007 with the Office of Discrimination and Harassment, I want to quote Professor Tooley's measured comment about this factoid:


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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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