Friday, March 11, 2011

Should academics join the government?

In "The New Republic" (March 11, 2011) Professor Martha Nussbaum (Chicago) asks:

"Should academics join the government?"

"I keep thinking of Cicero’s acerbic commentary on philosophers who refuse to serve the public realm: “Impeded by the love of learning, they abandon those whom they ought to protect.” Even worse, he accuses them of arrogant self-indulgence: “They demand the same thing kings do: to need nothing, to obey nobody, to enjoy their liberty, which they define as doing what you like.” It’s difficult not to hear that voice in one’s dreams, even if one believes, as I do, that writing itself can serve the public good."

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