Roundtable on Intellectuals and the Academy


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Taves: Let us begin with the claim that universities are deadly to serious intellectual work. The university ethos fosters mediocrity, boredom and gutlessness. It has become a haven for conformist intellectuals who value patronage and status over intellectual quality and challenge. “Radical” academics are no exception; they too have bought into hyperspecialization, empiricism, professionalization, abstract theory, and have become marginal, predictable and politically irrelevant. If such is the case, what are the implications? Siegel: There is certainly a sense of pervasive malaise on campus. Everyone seems to agree that there is an institutional and intellectual crisis of the disciplines
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DOI 10.3817/0387071005
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