university flamewars

Sean remarks below that

… these writers … are condemned for applying rigorous ideas in a careless manner. (Some of my colleagues here in the rigor-fixated halls of the University of Chicago have a particularly snide way of referring to this kind of work: this is the kind of work they do at Harvard.)

With no connections to either Harvard or Chicago, I don’t have a dog in this fight. But key flaws in my personality leave me unable to resist formulating the obvious rejoinder from Cambridge, viz, that as the intellectual home of pragmatism in its many forms, Chicago is where they apply careless ideas in a rigorous manner.

I’ll get my coat.

Written by Kieran

May 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Posted in academia

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  1. Agreed Kieran,
    If I were a betting man I would be short on the Chicago way of doing things…



    May 5, 2009 at 5:10 pm

  2. I have connections to both via MIT (the other half of the cambridge nexus). I suppose that makes me a hybrid. Time will tell whether that makes me a mule or a mule or a liger:



    May 5, 2009 at 5:23 pm

  3. You would know better than I would, but ‘careless ideas applied in a rigorous manner’ doesn’t seem to fit who I think of when I think of the ‘pragmatists’ — Pierce, James, Dewey, Mead, and Mills. But maybe these aren’t the men you reference. Who are these Chicago pragmatists you mention? Are there such distinctions among pragmatists? Or do you mean the symbolic interactionists, the Blumer thread?




    May 5, 2009 at 8:34 pm

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