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10/13/2016

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Jason Stanley

I am embarrassed by this post of mine from 2005. I cannot believe I seriously used the term "meritocracy"; this is before I read Michael Young's 1958 book, The Rise of the Meritocracy: 1870-2033, and discovered that the word "meritocracy" was introduced sarcastically. I was an idiot. Mea Culpa.

Eric Schliesser

Yes, I have my doubts about meritocracy, too: https://digressionsnimpressions.typepad.com/digressionsimpressions/2015/11/against-merit-i-think.html

Graham White

One objection to the "only publications count" position is this: that philosophy is worth doing because it provides a public good, and that public good cannot simply be publications, especially philosophy written in the modern manner (either analytic or european), because nobody reads this stuff apart from philosophers. Otherwise philosophy becomes a profession which exists purely for its own sake. There should be, at least, some positive influence of philosophy on the rest of human activity: either by percolation of philosophical ideas and methods outside the community (and how does this happen? nobody is very clear), or by simple personal contact. So, maybe Dreben's way has value (though I personally feel that, without the hard work of scholarship and writing, one's thinking is likely to become far too self-regarding).

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