I’m not fond of drawing attention to myself or discussing my life, as some have noted. But some recent speculation about my identity has prompted me to write a short account of who I am to protect the innocent from being associated with anything scandalous.
Though I’ve been passionate about philosophy since the 1970s, I have always approached it more as an enjoyable and important pastime than as a source of income. As a result, my name has never been featured prominently, which suits my desire for privacy well. Over the years, I have developed a number of good friendships with other devotees of philosophy, some of whom are better known than others. That is the extent of my being an ‘insider in the profession’, as one commenter put it elsewhere.
My concern for the direction of the profession stems from a conviction I have always had that the discipline must be a bastion of free and open debate, and that philosophy must serve society by introducing college students to the practice of rigorous thinking and impartial investigation even when it is uncomfortable to them to do so (no ‘sacred cows’, as the masthead of this blog reads). Owing to some recent developments in the profession, I have tended to dwell considerably in these little posts on disturbing (to me) aspects of these changes that I have not seen discussed anywhere else and that seem to me to threaten the desirable aspects of the discipline while failing (as I see it) to achieve the positive goals they are apparently meant to pursue, all the while putting philosophy departments under the increasing powers of administrators, as in the Colorado case. But it was never my intention for this blog to be as devoted to questions of sexual harassment and sexism as I have allowed it to become, and I look forward to broadening the scope of the blog soon.
I hope readers will forgive me for not saying more to satisfy those who wish to track down my personal details. I think recent developments have underscored the likely consequences of my doing so. I will therefore not respond to questions or comments in that direction. Thanks to all of you for your support of this little project of mine.