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Matthew Harris biography: 13 things about ex-UCLA lecturer


Matthew Christopher Harris used to work as a lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

Matthew Harris
Matthew Harris
  1. He previously lived in North Carolina, USA and New Jersey, USA.
  2. In July 2014, Wireless Philosophy uploaded a YouTube video of him explaining the fallacy of denying the antecedent, the formal fallacy that arises from inferring the inverse of a conditional statement. The video has been taken down.
  3. While attending Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA as a PhD student, he presented “A Philosophical Study of Kanye” at the Uris Hall in Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA on February 27, 2019.
  4. In 2019, he received his PhD from Duke University. His dissertation at the university was titled “Continents in Cognition.” In the spring of that year, the joined the UCLA’s Department of Philosophy as a postdoctoral fellow working on philosophy of race, personal identity and related issues in philosophy of mind. During his tenure in the university, he taught several philosophy classes including PHILOS 161: Topics in Aesthetic Theory, Topics in Aesthetic Theory: Personal Identity in Music and PHILOS 168: Philosophy of Race.
  5. In 2020, he lived in an apartment in Los Angeles.
  6. In March 2021, UCLA’s then Department of Philosophy chair Gavin Lawrence announced that he was placed on leave from the university. He was accused of sending a video with pornographic content to a student.
  7. His postdoctoral status in UCLA was set to expire in June 2021.
  8. In October 2021, police had contact with him but no criminal charges were filed.
  9. In November 2021, he tried to buy a handgun but his purchase was denied because of a protection order in California prohibited him from buying or owning a firearm.
  10. On January 30, 2022, he posted a YouTube video titled “UCLA PHILOSOPHY (MASS SHOOTING)” and emailed the link of the video to some members of the university’s Department of Philosophy along with an 803-page manifesto he authored with specific threats towards them. His YouTube account has been taken down. Authorities found out that he was living in an apartment in Boulder, Colorado, USA at the time.
  11. On February 1, 2022, he was arrested after a standoff with police in Boulder. That day, UCLA cancelled all in-person classes because of the emails he sent to the university’s employees on January 30, 2022.
  12. He was 31 years old when he was arrested on February 1, 2022.
  13. In the manifesto he sent to UCLA employees on January 30, 2022, he mentioned committing violence in Boulder, Boulder Police Department chief Maris Herold confirmed on February 1, 2022.

(This is a developing story. More details will be added.)


3 replies »

  1. Jesus, you can get a PHD in anything nowadays, can’t you? Why isn’t this guy being charged with hate crimes? Oh yeah, because he’s black. Sick of this damned double-standard!!!


  2. The degree is in philosophy. Seventy years ago this would be thought to be a nervous breakdown or alcohol abuse or something else. Maybe even an illness. Our criminal justice system is the first step in sorting out many peoples’ problems. Because there is no other system when people don’t volunteer for medical treatment or don’t have the money to procure it.


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