by Anne Winkler-Morey
Philosophy Professor dies at age 61, destitute, from an untreated thyroid condition.
First my condolences to all whose lives were touched by the late Dave Heller.
After reading the story of his untimely death, I could not sleep. Now, there have been many articles, including one featuring me, about low pay for faculty, professors living in dire conditions and even a couple about professors dying in dire conditions. This one bothered me more than all the rest.
What bothered me about the article was the talk of love.
How Dave Heller loved his work. Between the lines was the implication — he HAD to love his work, or he would not do it. After all there are lots of other jobs that pay better….