Bravo to Michael Tooley for bravely stating his case against the Colorado Site Visit Team. For far too long, no important philosopher has been willing to speak out against this disturbing trend of anti-intellectualism and irresponsibility in the profession, or to question the received dogmas. Not only has Professor Tooley argued forcefully against the legitimacy of Site Visit Report, but he has also at last made it legitimate to question whether ‘climate’ problems in the profession are the cause of few women in the profession and whether there is, indeed, a widespread sexism problem in philosophy.
Moreover, the documents he has collected and published regarding the Site Visit Team’s release of confidential information to the Dean and Provost at Colorado, and the Team’s apparently duplicitous claims on this topic, are a smoking gun that should at the very least stop the depredations of the Committee on the Status of Women and should also, in my opinion, open the door to some serious professional repercussions against the members of the Site Visit Team. To act as irresponsibly as the Team members seem to have acted, with such harmful consequences, should not be allowed to go unchecked. The rude and cavalier attitude of some Site Visit Team members in response to Tooley’s straightforward requests provided, for me, an important insight into their characters.
All these materials can be found here: http://spot.colorado.edu/~tooley/SiteVisitReport.html
Professor Tooley has made it clear that he wishes to get back to his work now rather than become imbroiled in ongoing debates on the subject. I welcome all discussion of the matter here.