I was thinking about the shift in gender theories and philosophy over the last half of the 20th century and into the new millenium the other day, and idly wondered what Catherine McKinnon and Andrea Dworkin were doing with themsleves these days. This line of thought made me wonder what happened to the philosophers and social scientists generally whose ideas fall out of favor. Are they still academic gods on campus even if academic peers in their field of study consider their ideas outmoded? If their ideas and theories are not given the same credence anymore, do they tone down their classes? Do they even teach their theories anymore or just rest on their laurels and advise graduate students ?
What happens real world and career wise when an academic gets moldy or outmoded?