The big thing that’s changed has been the external environment of what it means to teach in university. Universities used to be communities; they used to be places where intellectual life really happened. They were also places where avant-garde stuff was happening. And that’s – in England anyway – completely ground to a halt. Universities are largely sold as factories for production of increasingly uninteresting, depressed people wandering around complaining. There’s been a middle-management take-over of our education, and it’s depressing. So universities, like the university I was at – Essex, which was a radical, experimental, small university, but had a bad reputation but did some great stuff – have become a kind of pedestrian, provincial university run by bureaucrats. That was one of the reasons why I got out when I got out in 2004.
Fantastic interview with Simon Critchley, who writes The New York Times’s excellent philosophy blog The Stone and whose guides to how to read the classics remain indispensable.
Agreed. Also despite the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of research, few fail to claim and cultivate researchers who fail to cleanly fit in a department/discipline… Seems backward or reactionary thinking to me and only offers obstacles and boundary-marking rather than reflexive critical study and exchange
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