Wednesday, April 30, 2003
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On academic specialization
Boy, is that an eye-catching headline.
For those of you still reading, Kieran Healy critically reviews the myriad complaints across the Scholar-Blogosphere that academic specialization has stunted conversations within and across disciplines about Really Important Questions (NOTE TO GRADUATE STUDENTS: replace "conversations" with "discourse" and you'll understand what I'm saying). Kieran unearths a great Max Weber quote from "Science as a Vocation" that anyone contemplating writing a dissertation needs to remember:
I would add only one point here. It also helps tremendously if you can explain to yourself -- and hopefully others -- why others should care about what you care about so deeply.
Chris Bertram posts a modest rejoinder to Healy that's worth checking out as well.
P.S. Click here for those who are interested in the feudal structures of my own discipline of international relations.posted by Dan on 04.30.03 at 03:22 PM