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UM-Dearborne students are reading the Unabomber

The Wall Street Journal in this article has picked up this Chronicle article on David Skrbina‘s Philosophy of Technology class at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. (Skrbina’s job is not tenure-track.) The Chronicle is calling for a conversation centering around the questions: “What can be learned from the Unabomber? And just as important, should we be listening to an admitted killer in the first place?” It seems the Chronicle author thinks the answer to the latter question is “No”:

What’s missing in Kaczynski’s writing is any shred of remorse. In Skrbina and a handful of other admirers of his work, the Unabomber has gotten a serious hearing for his ideas. Which, of course, is what he wanted all along.

Note: the WSJ piece is very short, and the Chronicle piece is very long.


2 responses to “UM-Dearborne students are reading the Unabomber

  1. Anonymous May 31, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I am wondering whether Kaczynski approves of the distribution of his writings by e-mail.

    • Anonymous May 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      I don’t know, but I guess Skrbina must be very careful when Kaczynski’s emails come with attachments.


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