One small point. Finkelstein did not lose "his tenure" due to a conflict with Dershowitz. He never had tenure in the first place. I know most people don't even care about tenure and at least half of those who do probably think it should be abolisthed, but ordinarily one gets tenure by sustained scholarly contributions over a period of years. These days one must also be accepted by other scholars and teachers as a well known contributor to an academic area and one usually also has to bring in large amounts of money to the university via grants, contracts, patents and other legitimate methods. It is similar to being made a partner in a law firm. One generally does not get there merely by making a lot of noise. In my view, he did none of the things generally required for tenure. He was trying for tenure solely on the basis of notoriety rather than scholarly work. The wonder is that he was even considered for tenure.
- 12:43 PM
from the article: Norman Finkelstein bids farewell to Israel bashing