In case you thought corporate influence on academic research was restricted to disciplines like economics, materials science, and marketing, think again. Beginning in the fall of 2015, one lucky philosopher will become—I kid you not—the Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics. This is the advertisement on PhilJobs:
That’s right. David Koch, who’s company stole oil from federal and Native American land, whose company allowed “a million gallons of high-ammonia wastewater” to seep into the Mississippi River, whose company literally coated Chicago in carcinogens, has endowed a chair in business ethics at the University of St. Thomas.
That is all.
Update: It looks like I was confused. The David Koch who endowed this chair is David A. Koch, not David H. Koch (of Koch Industries). I’m not sure if they’re related, but pending further investigation my faith in humanity has been temporarily restored. (h/t Dave Welgus)