ERIC Number: ED197370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Beyond the Enclave: Professional Humanism and the "Real World".
The assumption that humanistic scholarship possesses intrinsic value in and of itself as "scholarship" pervades the academic community, though it is largely unspoken. Untenured faculty members rush to publish research, regardless of whether it is read or applied, because they distrust connecting scholarship with action. Academics confuse the worthwhile ideal of scholarly detachment with the false idol of scholarly neutrality. Professional associations, learned societies, and graduate departments can remedy this by breaking the often automatic connection of mature scholarship with university teaching. They can show their care for scholarship by encouraging an end to the "publish or perish" syndrome and with more discriminate attention to scholarly journals. Scholarship has real value only when it receives application. Carefully considering ways to help the growing number of scholars working outside the academic world will begin to restore to humanism its vital association with actual living. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing for Publication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association of America (95th, Houston, TX, December 27-30, 1980).