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 52 of 60 credits toward an MA in Counseling Psychology (strictly speaking, I never left the program). 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 at AQU itself, 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. As a college student, I interned for three years at the National Association of Scholars (1988-1991).

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’ve also done summer jobs in environmental services (Overlook Hospital), in medical billing (at PrimeMark, now defunct), as a concessions vendor at Turtle Back Zoo, as a stockperson at Rutgers University Bookstore, and as Research Assistant to Professor David Solomon (Notre Dame).

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 (George Abaunza), the Registrar (Michael Lewis), the Vice President for Academic Affairs (Sylvia McGeary), and the university’s President (Anne Prisco). Since then, the Dean and President have left the university, the President in oddly abrupt and unexplained circumstances. The Registrar either resigned or was fired, though probably not for the malfeasance that inspired my resignation. The VPAA and the VP for Administration abruptly left in 2021. The new interim president (later appointed president), was recruited from the US Navy with zero experience in higher education, leaving the Navy under a cloud of scandal

The University has been on the AAUP’s Censure List since 2015, refusing for six years to answer the (irrefutably true) charges leveled at it by the AAUP. I’ve referred only briefly to my resignation here at PoT, omitting the details, which I hope to discuss in due course. My resignation ended a 26-year career in higher education.

In October 2020, I started working for the Environmental Services unit of the Operating Room at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, New Jersey–cleaning and sanitizing the OR, setting up and taking down surgical equipment, etc.  I worked full-time in OR EVS from October 2020 until the end of May 2021.

In June 2021, I accepted a full-time position as Junior Analyst with Aergo Solutions in Iselin, New Jersey, a company specializing in revenue cycle management for hospitals and other health-care institutions. Aergo Solutions was acquired by CorroHealth in June 2022, where I still have the same position. My aim is to work in health care for the indefinite future, returning at some point to academia as an applied bioethicist with first-hand experience in the field.

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 unfortunately 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 the views of any of my employers, past or present, including but not limited to Felician University, Hunterdon Healthcare, Hunterdon Medical Center, Aergo Solutions, or Corro Health.

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.

Just to be clear: I am not Irfan Khawaja the fashion model.

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Last revised: September 3, 2022

10 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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  7. I believe there is a logical error in your article, The Foundations of Ethics, in the book, Metaethics, Egoism, and Virtue … regarding your argument in the section, Between Epistemology and Metaethics.
    I am hesitant to try to lay it out here. Is there a better way to communicate with you about this?

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    • Thanks for writing. You could try my email address khawajaenator at gmail dot com. I tend to be backed up on correspondence, so I can’t guarantee a quick turn around, but I will respond when I can.


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