Tag: specialization

Short Takes: Against Specialization

I wrote a few months ago about the problems with the over-specialization that plagues the Academy. This morning I’m reading Aristotle’s Parts of Animals, which begins thusly: Every study and investigation, the humblest and the noblest alike, seems to admit of two kinds of proficiency; one of which may be properly called educated knowledge of…

On Specialization

I talked briefly in my last post about William Barrett’s 1958 book Irrational Man. I can’t recommend this book highly enough; if you’re interested in Existentialism as a movement or as a philosophy, you must pick it up. It’s the best introduction I’ve read, particularly the section that explains Martin Heidegger’s difficult, obfuscated work. If…