I keep seeing references to this poem

Could serendipity be a cosmic hint? In any case, Here it is:

‘This be the verse’

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself.

Philip Larkin

All readers will note the use of “man”.  I think it was written in the 70’s or earlier, for what that’s worth.



NYT on Pogge

With some important details about the hiring procedure at Yale, from Seyla Benhabib.

Professor Benhabib, who served on Professor Pogge’s selection committee, said that she and other committee members had heard about the Columbia case but did not discuss it.

“I didn’t think it was my place to go searching into his history at Columbia,” she said. “Everybody slips once. That was our attitude.”

She added, “In retrospect maybe we should have done more.”

While faculty hiring at Yale involves a complex web of bureaucracy and approvals, the process at the time was overseen by the office of the provost, then led by Mr. Salovey.

For the rest, go here.

FPQ 2.1

Feminist Philosophy Quarterly is happy to announce the publication of Volume 2, Issue 1. Contents:

Article: “Love Slaves and Wonder Women: Radical Feminism and Social Reform in the Psychology of William Moulton Marston,” by Matthew J. Brown
Article: “Pornographic Subordination, Power, and Feminist Alternatives,” by Matt L. Drabek

Special Collection, Author Meets Critics: Lisa Tessman, Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality (OUP, 2015)
Eva F. Kittay, “Two Dogmas of Moral Theory? Comments on Lisa Tessman’s Moral Failure”
Lisa H. Schwartzman, “Action-Guidance, Oppression, and Nonideal Theory”
Lisa Rivera, “Possible Dilemmas Raised by Impossible Moral Requirements”

Lisa Tessman, “Moral Failure — Response to Critics”

Appendix: Acknowledging our Referees from September 2014 through June 2016