Out of Step: Academic Ethics in a Preposterous Environment

S. Haack, Putting Philosophy to Work: Inquiry and Its Place in Culture, Prometheus Books, 2013

26 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2012

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Susan Haack

University of Miami - School of Law; University of Miami - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: August 24, 2012

Abstract

Doing our work as professors responsibly and well requires good character; more specifically, it requires such virtues as industry, persistence, judgment, honesty, focus, a realistic sense of what is feasible, impartiality, independence, consideration, and courage — all of which are needed in teaching, in research, and in such other activities as editing, presenting papers, refereeing, participating in hiring decisions, etc. Sadly, recent changes in the academic environment — the growth of a new class of professional academic administrators, the ever-increasing insistence on publication for career advancement, growing emphasis on grants and research projects, and focus on “rankings” — are systematically eroding these key academic virtues.

Keywords: academic virtues, industry, persistence, judgment, honesty, focus, realism, impartiality, independence, consideration, courage, university administration, decline of academic culture

Suggested Citation

Haack, Susan, Out of Step: Academic Ethics in a Preposterous Environment (August 24, 2012). S. Haack, Putting Philosophy to Work: Inquiry and Its Place in Culture, Prometheus Books, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2135732

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University of Miami - Department of Philosophy ( email )

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