Another instance of the gap between knowledge production and knowledge use, and what some federal funding agencies in the US are doing about it. Eli Berman, a professor of economics at the University of California at San Diego, does work that many would see as vitally important: He analyzes global trouble spots in the hopes […]

I sympathize with pleas like this one for academics to resist the pressures of the impact agenda. Serendipity clearly is a factor in achieving influence, and no doubt there are many historical examples of academic work that has achieved significant impact without its progenitors having any intention of doing so. But is it not the case that serendipity is […]

A William James moment: Mariana Valverde on the foundations of disciplines, and what this can illuminate about how to respond to the co-opting of ‘interdisciplinarity’ as hollow administrative jargon. She uses the term ‘infradiscipline’ to describe the knowledge production regime from which contemporary disciplines arose, and argues for recovering this sense of scholarship to counter […]

The entire existential project behind Karl Jaspers’ Idea of the University involves integrating a professor’s research with students’ search for their own selves. The Socratic teacher turns his students away from himself and back onto themselves; he hides in paradoxes, makes himself inaccessible. The intimate relationship between student and teacher here is not one of submission, but […]

Applied philosophy is an abortive movement. It has suffered from disciplinary capture: rather than becoming a practice it has written philosophy articles for other philosophers. Field philosophy offers a new model for how to make philosophy engaged and relevant.