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ERIC Number: ED085298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Pages: 13
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Faculty and the Epistomological Revolution.
Greeley, Andrew M.
The suggestion that academic professions ought to be treated as games and that graduate school training should consist of preparation in gamesmanship is in this author's viewpoint, perfectly in keeping with the epistomological revolution. The literature of the 1960's which criticized the scientific world-view is reviewed. Three positions that revolutionaires might take are outlined and a fourth position, a compromise, is offered: that the various modalities of human thought and expression cannot be separated, but that in different sorts of behavior one of the different ways of knowing dominates or leads the others. The conclusion drawn from this position is that graduate training must be concerned with facilitating the development not only of the student's capacity for abstract reasoning but also that of his intuitive modality of thought and expression. A model for reforming the training of future faculty in sociology is based on viewing the academic enterprise as a game, such as football, and the two are compared for use of jargon, complex mathematical models, and rhetoric. Two functions of a game which justify the time and money spent on the sociology game are noted: 1) it keeps a number of capable and energetic men occupied; and 2) it provides an occasion for rare insight into human society. (Author/KSM)
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