The exhilarating marketplace of ideas and free thought, Anno Domini 2004:
- Renowned sociologist Alan Wolfe included a stupidly tendentious and disingenuous attack on Paul Gottfried in a stupidly tendentious and disingenuous piece about Carl Schmitt and conservatives in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the mag denied Gottfried even a brief reply. (The point of Wolfe’s piece was that if you read that Nazi Carl Schmitt you’ll understand why those conservatives don’t fight fair.)
- An influential professor attacked a student personally, publicly, and with explicit reference to his future employment prospects for expressing sympathy with the view that orthodox Darwinian theory has metaphysical presuppositions that could reasonably be questioned. I’ve never gotten much into the substantive issues, but on the general evidence of the weblog from which he mounted the attack the man seems more a bigot and crank than a philosopher.