The Danger of Institutional Conservatism in the Humanities

By Adam Riggio.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Throughout the humanities, and in my own discipline of philosophy in particular, our subject matter is systems of understanding, the very frameworks through which we think. Without some reference to hard evidence, new discoveries in research, ideas that do not conform to historically accepted standards are dismissed as crazy. A great deal of intellectual effort is spent, I think needlessly, on building arguments advocating that the new idea be considered seriously, critiques of the old order of thought. So much energy is often spent on arguments for consideration, that the advocates of a new idea are exhausted and retired by the time their ideas are accepted as relevant to their field. There is no energy left in the academic community to explore all that the new concept can do. Ecological philosophy is my major example in this presentation of the phenomenon I describe.

Keywords: Peer Review, Academic Culture

International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.15-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 518.523KB).

Adam Riggio

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Adam Riggio is beginning his career in academia, currently starting a research project on the relationship between humanity and the rest of the Earth, which he will explore as a dialectical constitution of each along with the other. Broader research interests include bridging the analytic-continental divide, philosophy of mind, and political philosophy.


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