The first documents that I posted here were concerned with the Philosophy Department and the Site Visit Report. A good deal has happened since I posted those documents, including the decision by the Adminstration to fire one of my colleagues, David Barnett, and the resignation of his position by another colleague, Brad Monton. Though I virtually never pay any attention to discussion on the Internet, others have sent me links to relevant discussions, and one of the things that I have been struck by is how much of what is being said is being done in a serious vacuum. In particular, it is very rare for anyone to put things in the context of the behavior of the University Administration.
In my own response to the Site Visit Report, I
advanced a number of criticisms of the Administration. It is crucial to
note, however, that misbehavior on the part of the Administration,
rather than being restricted to its relations with the Philosophy, has
occurred in a number of areas. I have therefore decided to add a
new section dealing with other highly problematic actions by the
Administration. I hope that that will provide more of a context
for ongoing discussions of the Philosophy Department.
THE PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT AND THE SITE VISIT REPORT
I have posted a number of documents that I think may be helpful for an evaluation of the Site Visit Report, now including my own response to the Report. As will be clear from one of the documents, however, this is not a course of action with which all of my colleagues agree. The views expressed, therefore, should not be attributed to the Philosophy Department, or to other members of the Department.
ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS AND THE RESULTING CLIMATE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
A number of actions by the University Administration have recently given rise to lawsuits. For the moment, however, I want to focus especially on the treatment by the Administration of a member in the Sociology Department, Professor Patricia Adler, that arose out of a prostitution skit in a course that she taught. As a result of that treatment, Professor Adler decided to retire. In retrospect, it is unfortunate that she did not sue the University. But the cost of that is very great, and, in addition, that course of action is very risky, since the University has teams of lawyers, and immense resources.
TALKS AND DEBATES
Recent Talks and Debates
Debate with William Lane Craig