Monday, June 15, 2009

Kepler or Kripal

Ned complains of “intellectual arrogance” but most often it is simply a logical outcome of “academic compulsion.” If a line of argument leads one to the discovery of an otherwise unpalatable conclusion, then it is a choice between either hiding it or publishing it. Copernicus faced this dilemma, and so were Kepler, Galileo, Darwin et al.

Why no one before Simone de Beauvoir could come up with a philosophy of gender? Why no one before the likes of Lyotard and Derrida declared the simple fact that philosophy is just a form of literature? It is robust thinking and not mere arrogance that brings about (or, rather arrives at) breakthroughs. Community, therefore, must encourage thinking and inquiry. [TNM]

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