About me and the website

Until May 15, 2020, I was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Felician University in Lodi, New Jersey, where I was also the University’s Pre-Law Adviser (2008-2020), and both directed and (with Joseph Biehl) co-directed the Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs (2011-2020). From 2014 until 2020, I was a graduate student in Felician’s Counseling Psychology Program, where I completed 51 of 60 credits toward an MA in Counseling Psychology. Here’s a link to my Academic CV. Here’s my LinkedIn page. I have an AB in Politics from Princeton University, and an MA and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

Felician aside, I taught for two years at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York, NY, 2005-2007). I’ve also adjuncted at Notre Dame, Princeton, The College of New Jersey, Montclair State University, Rutgers/Camden, and Mercer County College (West Windsor, NJ), and have taught within articulated programs at Middlesex County College (Edison, NJ), and the continuing education program at St Luke’s Baptist Church (Paterson, NJ).

I’ve also taught a bit abroad: two (long) summer sessions in the Philosophy Department at Al Quds University in Abu Dis, Palestine (aka “the West Bank”), a few lectures at Hind al Husseini College in Jerusalem, and a few classes to students in the Humanities Division of Forman Christian College, in Lahore, Pakistan.

From about 2010 to 2020, I was, with Carrie-Ann Biondi, involved in editing Reason Papers, an online interdisciplinary journal–as co-managing editor, editor-in-chief, book review editor, and editor-at-large. In 1999-2000, I worked as compositor of the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic.

While working on my dissertation and adjuncting, I temped at Raytheon Engineers and Constructors (later Morrison Knudsen, now both defunct), American Cyanamid (later Wyeth, then Pfizer), ETS/NAEP, and (very briefly) at Lenox. At Raytheon, I worked on the Ratchaburi Power Plant project; at Cyanamid, I helped create a course on FIFRA regulation for graduate students at Temple University’s School of Pharmacy; at ETS, I was (among other things) an editor for the NAEP website; and at Lenox, I did data entry.

I resigned my position at Felician on May 15, 2020 to protest serious malfeasance at the highest levels of the university’s administration–including malfeasance by the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Registrar, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the university’s President. Since then, the Dean and President have left the university, the President in oddly abrupt and unexplained circumstances. I’ve referred only briefly to my resignation here at PoT, omitting the details.  I hope to discuss the details in due course. The resignation effectively ended my academic career.

As of October 5, 2020, I’ve started working for Environmental Services in the Operating Room at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, New Jersey, part of the Hunterdon Health System in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Along with the rest of the EVS team, I help clean and sanitize the OR, set up and take down surgical equipment, and (though I haven’t done it yet) transport, move and restrain patients as called on by the rest of the OR staff. The job is dirty, tedious, dangerous, labor-intensive, and low-paying. It’s also fun, meaningful, and incredibly rewarding. Bottom line: I love the job, love my co-workers, and even like my institution (it takes awhile to get me to love an institution). I get stagefright every morning before I start my shift, and leave the hospital with a smile on my face every evening after the shift is done.

I’ve created this website to house a group blog and to have a place to organize and store my own written work. Though the blog has been operating since July 2014, I haven’t (yet) managed to organize any of my written work here.

I have my views and affiliations, of course, but the blog is not affiliated with any ideological, doctrinal, or political group. Nothing I say here is intended to represent any of my employers, past or present, including but not limited to Felician University and Hunterdon Healthcare.

This blog was originally (and boringly) named after me, but was later renamed “Policy of Truth” after the Depeche Mode song of that name. No copyright infringement is intended by my use of the song title.

I can be reached at khawajaenator at gmail. Apologies in advance for any delays in responding; I have a lot on my plate, and it sometimes takes me awhile to answer email.

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Last revised: November 15, 2020.

8 thoughts on “About me and the website

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  5. You disclaim:
    “Policy of Truth” was originally (and boringly) named after me, but was later renamed “Policy of Truth” after the Depeche Mode song of that name. No copyright infringement is intended by my use of the song title.

    I’m no lawyer, but as LegalZoom.com notes, ” Titles, names, short phrases and slogans” do not qualify for copyright protection.

    WritersDigest.com notes: “no, you can’t copyright a title to a book, song or movie. But you can trademark a title, which may give you the protection you seek.”

    However trademarks have other restrictions, including being distinctive and not generic, not applying where the name is reused to apply to a non-confusable different kind of product, and being a government-granted monopoly and not a right. There would be no point in going through the difficult trademarking process for the name of a song unless it were to become the name for an array of associated products, so I can pretty much guarantee that Depeche Mode did not trademark “Policy of Truth” since it’s too generic and has no associated array of products. But even if it were trademarked, the associated products would have to include a website or sites by that name for you to have a problem!

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  6. I found this in search for “circumstances of justice,” a phrase which I was surpised not to find anywhere in Alan Ryan’s monumental “On Politics,” which is well worth reading, at least portions. Your discussion is very clear and useful. Thanks, Eric S. Haiman, J.D., Ph. D.

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