Author Information: William Davis, email@example.com; Susan Dieleman, Susan.Dieleman@Dal.Ca; Francis Remedios, firstname.lastname@example.org; Adam Riggio, email@example.com; Elisabeth Simbürger, firstname.lastname@example.org; Todd Suomela, email@example.com
Please refer to:
- Kaufman, Daniel A. 2013. “Philosophy’s Academic Viability: A Reply to Frodeman, Briggle and Holbrook.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 2 (3): 1-5.
- Frodeman, Robert. 2013. “Evaluating the Profession of Philosophy.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 2 (10): 23-25.
Editors Note: Six members of the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective — William Davis, Susan Dieleman, Francis Remedios, Adam Riggio, Elisabeth Simbürger, Todd Suomela — read, reviewed and developed an exchanging regarding Robert Frodeman’s book Sustainable Knowledge: A Theory of Interdisciplinarity. Beginning 8 March, over the coming days, we will roll out the exchange by posting a daily question at @ReplyCollective and on Social Epistemology.
Adam Riggio (AR): Universities have too much institutional inertia to become academically sustainable; true reform will only come from without. How?
Robert Frodeman (RF): Your claim is distressingly close to the truth. Universities are the second oldest institution in the West (after the Catholic Church). The institutional conservatism of our purportedly radical colleagues is striking: their radicalism is limited within disciplinary bounds. Professors are hidebound in terms of institutional matters — too often, the result of tenure. Stray outside disciplinary conventions and you are quickly labelled ‘not serious’. Continue Reading…