The Sunday Times on McGinn

In the wake of the popularity of the NY Times article on McGinn, the Sunday Times has taken up the topic (most of the article is behind a paywall), with rather more mixed results. Their headline reads “I Think, Therefore I Spark A Sex Row.” Yeah, they’re not kidding with that one.


McGinn’s penchant for erudite wordplay, and his enthusiasm for complex intellectual argument, have complicated his attempts to defend a series of suggestive emails that he sent to the woman student, who complained about him to university authorities.

It has also exposed an apparent culture gap between a brilliant but slightly otherworldly British thinker and an American academic community gripped by political correctness and nervous of any form of sexual scandal.