Monday, January 09, 2012

The dangers of specialization...

...Economics like any other field (especically within the strata of social studies) suffers greatly from over-specialization. The more abstract the thought, the more removed from the daily reality of problem-solving it becomes.

For example, your blogger has (inter alia) a degree in philosophy, and loves to read anything written under that broad category. But I equal parts shudder and waive my hands dismissively when I come across sentences such as this one that has long ceased to have any causal, probative, logical, explanatory, or moral value:

Therefore, what has been proposed above as a means of redirecting the development of postmodernity toward more livable, human dimensions is a heterotelic narrative transitivity—an active reimmersion of narrative in the social—which contrasts sharply with the autotelic concern for their own procedures and the hermetic intransitivity of modernist self-consciousness and late modernist self-reflexivity.
-- Joseph Francese, Narrating Postmodern Time and Space

2 comments:

ahans said...

I agree. What is the author saying? That the proposal has the effect of redirecting the narrative of how society should live to a more social objective, as opposed to the isolationism and self-absorbstion of modernity?

The Recapitulator said...

I guess...Either way, this was all covered more eloquently and usefully via Rosseau, Locke, and (both) Mills. Useless sophistry.