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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Thought for the Day

Today comes from my philosophical hero, Simon Critchley, from an interview in How to Stop Living and Start Worrying, p.114:
We're sitting right now in a university, in the business school at Queen Mary, University of London.  Universities are business schools.  At least business schools say they are business schools, which is more honest than the rest of the rubbish.  And these are places where you can no longer think.  You're not encouraged to think - it's not what you're supposed to do.  You are simply meant to produce.  At a certain point, not that long ago, universities were places where thinking took place.  Perhaps this seems an absurd and ludicrous proposition.  But thinking happened, particularly in experimental universities, that developed in the 1960s, in England: Essex, Sussex, Warwick and the rest, which are now tedious and mediocre business schools.  So it has become harder and harder to think in universities.  Something has shifted in culture ...
Presumably this is why SC quit the UK for the States. 

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