Uselessness: A Panegyric

Uselessness: A Panegyric davi d cu rry "It is completely inappropriate for magnanimous and free people to be always asking what use something is." -- a ristotl e 1 "You know, we don't need a lot more anthropologists in the state. It's a great degree if people want to get it, but we don't need them here. I want to spend our dollars giving people science, technology, engineering, math degrees. That's what our kids need to focus all their time and attention on. Those type of degrees. So when they get out of school, they can get a job." --fl ori da g ove rn or ric k s c ot t 2 "I'm looking at legislation right now . . . which would change the basic formula in how education money is given out to our universities and our community colleges. It's not based on butts in seats but on how many of those butts can get jobs." --nort h caroli na gov ern or patric k mc c rory 3 I care to argue for a thesis which appears to me to be so self-evidently true that it has become obscure. This self-evident truth is that studying useless things http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Uselessness: A Panegyric

The Good Society, Volume 22 (2) – Dec 13, 2013

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davi d cu rry "It is completely inappropriate for magnanimous and free people to be always asking what use something is." -- a ristotl e 1 "You know, we don't need a lot more anthropologists in the state. It's a great degree if people want to get it, but we don't need them here. I want to spend our dollars giving people science, technology, engineering, math degrees. That's what our kids need to focus all their time and attention on. Those type of degrees. So when they get out of school, they can get a job." --fl ori da g ove rn or ric k s c ot t 2 "I'm looking at legislation right now . . . which would change the basic formula in how education money is given out to our universities and our community colleges. It's not based on butts in seats but on how many of those butts can get jobs." --nort h caroli na gov ern or patric k mc c rory 3 I care to argue for a thesis which appears to me to be so self-evidently true that it has become obscure. This self-evident truth is that studying useless things

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Published: Dec 13, 2013

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