There’s Brian Leiter over on his blog treating philosophers’ rudeness as a joke. Or, equally, as something you should experience as proof you are being treated as an insider. AND I CAN’T SEEM TO COMMENT ON IT. Goodness knows where the comment box is, or isn’t.
The post is called “Funny–On Academic Bad Manners.” Notice that though he and those acting like him apparently think they’d never, ever treat students with crushing rudeness, everyone else is fair game. Interesting view of social interaction and one’s place in it.
Is the priority given to one’s feelings and thoughts in an academic debate – and the obvious sense of entitlement to nastily dump on people- narcissistic? Is there really any justification for comments that are nasty and bitter enough that, when made by a powerful figure, they can lead to one’s being ostracized? What do you think?
UPDATE: You might want to look at our earlier discussion of philosophy as a blood sport.