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Anyone met Leiter IRL?

Roderick

223 day(s) ago

What is he like?

Nicola

223 day(s) ago

What is he like?

Roderick

Even sexier than in his photos.

Ptolemy

223 day(s) ago

At UT, I took a seminar called "the continental tradition" from him about 20 years ago. He was an excellent lecturer. Super organized and up to date on a lot of secondary literature on a bunch of different figures. That's about all I know. . . . [UT used to have incoming grad students take a continental survey one semester and an analytic survey the next. They wisely got rid of this requirement, I think.]

Moritz

223 day(s) ago

I have. He was really nice. Bought me a glass of wine at an APA and gave me lots of advice and encouragement about my career when I was just starting out and struggling. Since then he's written me a few times to give me advice about where to send my students. I think he's a solid guy. I can't defend everything he's done on line, but I'm contributing to an online discussion forum that's got some pretty objectionable stuff on it so something about rocks and glass houses seems appropriate here.

Sojourner

222 day(s) ago

I had a similar experience to Moritz's. BL bought me a drink and gave me some advice about pro and con of publishing in anthologies, about six years ago.

I think most people will tell you he is very different in person--if (per impossibile?) you had met him and never encountered his on-line persona, you would not imagine that he was brash and obnoxious and ego-assertive.

Othmar

222 day(s) ago

He's a nice guy. He comes across as mean on his blog because he has a wry and morbid sense of humor which seems angry in print. In person, when he says the things he says on his blog, it comes across as light-hearted sarcasm. He's misunderstood.

Sigerus

222 day(s) ago

Yup, same as Moritz et al here.

Wladyslaw

221 day(s) ago

I met him once in passing several years ago. He's been nothing but kind to me. Those who pass judgment on him for his online behavior should compare it to that of others who have grabbed a bit of the internet spotlight in recent years. Imagine how fucked up this profession would be if they'd held as much power in the discipline as Leiter has had for decades now. We lucked out, for a long while at least. The guy has his flaws, but if you weigh them against all the good he's done for the profession I think he comes out looking great.

Paul

221 day(s) ago

It's historical, folks. We have got a guy who is maybe one of the greatest philosopher alive, certainly a genius, who is willing to sacrifice his time because he cares only about the little guy. He whacks the SJWs for us. There are going to be books in the history of philosophy about how he saved philosophy from the leftists and the feminists. It's going to be a huge story, believe me.

Moritz

221 day(s) ago

"how he saved philosophy from the leftists and the feminists"

Christ, I must be old. I remember an age when Leiter would count as a leftist and feminist.

Victor

221 day(s) ago

"how he saved philosophy from the leftists and the feminists"

Christ, I must be old. I remember an age when Leiter would count as a leftist and feminist.

Moritz

He is a Marxist, old school, hates identity politics. Also was the first to make very public noise about sexual harassment problems in philosophy, but clearly is not on board with the attempts to destroy the field by the self-appointed feminist "improvers" of the discipline.

Frantisek

221 day(s) ago

Yes, he's a Marxist, but Leiter also appears to be committed to basic academic norms and to liberal proceduralism. I'm not sure how all that hangs together, but, frankly I'm just glad that one of the major online voices of the discipline tends to be on the "not crazy" side of our professional disputes.

Georges

220 day(s) ago

Leiter has saved us from reading Foucault or, worse, feminist philosophers. Yes, he is against sexual harassment, but what he is even more against than sexual harassment is the "broadening the canon" bs such as the need to read women philosophers or black philosophers. He recognizes that all the ideas are already there in European white men. So whatever he thinks personally about Trump or Republicans or whatever, he and Trump are both pushing back against the "political correctness" that is ruining campuses today. So this Trump supporter counts him proudly as one of our own.

Guan

220 day(s) ago

BL has written a whole paper on Foucault (a bit critical in the end), it doesn't seem like he's against reading him.

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1287393

Immanuel

220 day(s) ago

Who cares what BL reads. The Gourmet Report protects the field because the less Foucault a department does and the more real philosophy the more highly it is ranked. Everyone knows that hiring a feminist will drop your rank and hiring someone who does real philosophy, like Kit Fine style metaphysics, lifts your rank. That's why the Gourmet Report is there!

Thales

220 day(s) ago

>saved us from reading Foucault or, worse, feminist philosophers.

>real philosophy, like Kit Fine

This Continental grad student is a Swiftian juggernaut! Watch out, lads!

Wladyslaw

220 day(s) ago

Note to trolls: the point is to make people angry because you're writing stupid things, not cringe because your posts are so lame.

Maimonides

9 day(s) ago

IMO there is no Brian Leiter IRL just more blogs!

Raymond

9 day(s) ago

He's a really sweet person. His online persona sort of remains a mystery for me. I guess that's an outlet for his frustrations. We all have one. I wish his was not obsessively targeted at a few annoying and yet sometimes vulnerable individuals. It's possible to square his blog, which I mostly enjoy, with his actual personality. But still, he's worth meeting in person.

Ewa

8 day(s) ago

He hates Trump, which is something no just man with a good heart could do.

That's all you need to know about BL.

Ota

8 day(s) ago

He's a really sweet person.

Raymond

Didn't he send actual faeces to the owner of a green electric scooter?

Ted

8 day(s) ago

He's a really sweet person.

Raymond

Didn't he send actual faeces to the owner of a green electric scooter?

Ota

No, Carolyn, he didn't.

Thome

8 day(s) ago

He's a really sweet person.

Raymond

Didn't he send actual faeces to the owner of a green electric scooter?

Ota

No, Carolyn, he didn't.

Ted

Yes, Carolyn, it appears that he did.

Godfrey

8 day(s) ago

He hates Trump, which is something no just man with a good heart could do.

That's all you need to know about BL.

Ewa

Leiter's position on Trump and the predicament of white America becomes more interesting once you realize he's Jewish. Even if he has a point, his railing against "mediocre white people" takes on a different implication when you realize he's not "white" himself, despite appearances.

Yehuda

8 day(s) ago

He's strong, smart, and hot. Einstein's mind and Rambo's body, he is a legend : a fighter with heart, curly hair, and sparkling wit.

Gilbert

8 day(s) ago

Mayocide now

He hates Trump, which is something no just man with a good heart could do.

That's all you need to know about BL.

Ewa

Leiter's position on Trump and the predicament of white America becomes more interesting once you realize he's Jewish. Even if he has a point, his railing against "mediocre white people" takes on a different implication when you realize he's not "white" himself, despite appearances.

Godfrey

Godfrey

8 day(s) ago

Mayocide now

He hates Trump, which is something no just man with a good heart could do.

That's all you need to know about BL.

Ewa

Leiter's position on Trump and the predicament of white America becomes more interesting once you realize he's Jewish. Even if he has a point, his railing against "mediocre white people" takes on a different implication when you realize he's not "white" himself, despite appearances.

Godfrey

Gilbert

Hi, Brian.

Noëlle

7 day(s) ago

Always look on the Leiter side of life!

Godfrey

7 day(s) ago

Just try not to turn into a Leitweight.

Noëlle

7 day(s) ago

Wasnt Brian's father Nortius Maximus?

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