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Old 11-28-2011, 09:19 PM   #7 (permalink)

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I'm sure everyone is familiar with the notion that in the sciences, researchers submit papers to journals. This has been the case for a long, long time. Out of this grew interesting notions, like impact factor, that try to assign quantifiable values to things (like contribution to knowledge) which are extremely hard to quantify. When you're looking for employment, you're judged largely on the number of publications you have and the impact factor of the journals you've published in.

It doesn't even make sense for science, but it is so much worse for the humanities! Referring to philosophy specifically here, we are plagued by obscurantism and formalism that is clearly intended to allow some philosophers to write at length about nothing very much at all. The real substance is being drained away, leaving only the fool's gold of pub counts.....

These are the demands of this cultural and economic context. It seems like it is not long before patience for so-called "higher" academia is lost.
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