Philosopher Watch 2
Posted by Jerry on December 30, 2007
Philosopher and academic bully Colin McGinn has gotten into yet another public feud with a philosopher (and ex-colleague) over the latter’s book on a theory of consciousness.
In an article published in the Philosophical Review, McGinn wrote a bitter and scathing review of Ted Honderich’s new book.
Apparently, Colin McGinn is no stranger to academic bullying, as he himself admits:
“People have complained about my tone in reviews for the past 30 years,” says McGinn proudly. “I’ve made definite enemies in the past 30 years in important departments.”
But on the blogosphere, professorial authority has little traction, and McGinn comes off looking like just a cheap weasel.
A while ago, I had posted on McGinn’s poor intellectual manners after he had made the preposterous claim of having “dispatched” with the “terrible theory” of ethical egoism and had prodigiously heaped scorn on all who challenged his argument on his blog. At that time, the substance of his responses were slurs, ad hominem attacks, and outlandish charges of ineptness.
Reading about his review of Honderich’s book, I see that very little has changed since.