Oregon thread re-opened.

Due to reader entreaties (and our own uncertainty about the best way to proceed in this difficult situation) we are re-opening the Oregon thread, for a maximum of two days. But please, please strive to follow the Be Nice rule.

Shifting the topic slightly: good approaches to sexual harassment?

UPDATE: Due to reader entreaties (and our own uncertainty about the best way to proceed in this difficult situation) we are re-opening the Oregon thread, for a maximum of two days. But please, please strive to follow the Be Nice rule.

All of us at FP have grown mightily uncomfortable with the discussion of the Pluralists’ Guide, of particular departments, and particular philosophers’ personal lives. We are also finding our “be nice” rule to be nearly unenforceable without ending these discussions. And yet, we recognise that the many of the issues raised are deeply important. So we’ve decided to try closing the most active posts on these topics to further comments, and (inspired by a comment from Heg) to start a new post with the topic “Tell us about some sexual harassment policies and approaches that work well.” So please do so in comments: we could all benefit immensely from such a discussion.

Our apologies to you if you disagree with this decision. We have allowed a lot of discussion on these important topics, but we think it’s important to shift a bit now.

Also, just to be clear: closing comments at this point is not a tacit endorsement of any side in these debates. It’s simply an effort to move to a more productive discussion.