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Lynne Tirrell

Wonderful post, Eric. One problem is that we philosophers are so good at distinguishing between the character of Professor-creep-who-seemed-so-nice and his work, but for victims/survivors, this is hard to do. And qua philosophers, we generally care more about the work. But once you have been abused by someone, it is very hard to read and engage with their work again. If they are at the level of Professor-who-must-be-cited, then you are damned if you do (what, let his ideas mingle in your work?) and damned if you don't (she didn't do her homework!!). This demand for dissociation from her own experience/re-association with her abuser is intolerable for too many women in our profession.

Noelle McAfee

I applaud your -- to use Chris Lebron's felicitous phrase -- moral nerve.(Even if you lacked it early on, in the exchange you recount; but then we all have a dark spot in our past. The best of us like you learn from those experiences.)

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