It’s interesting to read this in connection with the university.
Is it just as viable today to become an independent scholar as it is to work in connection with a university? Many will claim that we still need the cache afforded by association with an institution of higher learning. Others may follow Nietzsche’s example, declaring that genuine enquiry cannot take place within the bounds of the Academy.
Today, the Academy itself is changing, opening itself up to alternatives to the traditional model of the production of knowledge. But one might argue it’s not changing quickly enough. Besides, there are few tenure-track jobs out there for all the PhDs we’re still busily producing. So, where should we go? What should we do?
Answers welcome in the comments!