An ideological movement is a collection of people many of whom could hardly bake a cake, fix a car, sustain a friendship or a marriage, or even do a quadratic equation, yet they believe they know how to rule the world. The university, in which it is possible to combine theoretical pretension with comprehensive ineptitude, has become the natural habitat of the ideological enthusiast. A kind of adventure playground, carefully insulated from reality in order to prevent absent-minded professors from bumping into things as they explore transcendental realms, has become the institutional base for civilizational self-hatred.
The proverbial German phenomenon of the verb-at-the-end about which droll tales of absentminded Professors who would begin a sentence, ramble on for an entire lecture, and then finish up by rattling off a string of verbs by which their audience, for whom the stack had long since lost its coherence, would be totally nonplussed, are told, is an excellent example of linguistic recursion.douglas hofstadter
The number one problem in academia today is not ignorant students but ignorant Professors, who have substituted narrow “expertise” and “theoretical sophistication” (a preposterous term) for breadth and depth of learning in the world history of art and thought. … Art is a vast, ancient interconnected web-work, a fabricated tradition. Overconcentration on any one point is a distortion. This is one of the primary reasons for the dullness and ineptitude of so much twentieth-criticism, as compared to nineteenth-century belles-lettres.camille paglia
Professors of humanities, with all their leftist fantasies, have little direct knowledge of American life and no impact whatever on public policy.camille paglia
Economic analysis is the first principle of Marxism. Professors who were genuine leftists would have challenged the entire economics-driven machinery of American academe the wasteful multidepartmental structure, the divisive pedantry of overspecialization, the cronyism and sycophancy in recruitment and promotion, the boondoggling ostentation of pointless conferences, the exploitation of graduate students and part-time teachers, the subservience of faculty to overpaid administrators, the mediocrity and folly of the ruling cliques of the Modern Language Association.camille paglia
Professors rarely speak of the place of eros or the erotic in our classrooms. Trained in the philosophical context of Western metaphysical dualism, many of us have accepted the notion that there is a split between the body and the mind. Believing this, individuals enter the classroom to teach as though only the mind is present, and not the body.bell hooks
One of the things that [his old Professors at Yale] said is that back in 1960 he was a guy who was looking for simple ideas about the world, most of them rooting back to the idea of the United States being able to do whatever it wants without any consequences. I don't think Dick Cheney has changed at all, but I do think we often see different faces of him when he believes it is politically convenient.dick cheney
In 1969, nationwide, female Professors who had never been married and never published earned 145% of their counterpart male colleagues.warren farrell
No book can teach you about yourself, no psychologist, none of the Professors or philosophers. What they can teach you is what they think you are or what they think you should be.jiddu krishnamurti
It is from Italy that we are flinging this to the world, our manifesto of burning and overwhelming violence, with which we today establish “ Futurism ,” for we intend to free this nation from its fetid cancer of Professors, archaeologists, tour guides, and antiquarians.filippo tommaso marinetti
Many, perhaps most, very learned people prefer the company of their books to sitting in a crowd listening to history and art being mangled; furthermore, it is unlikely that the venerable scholars will stand up afterward to declare, “This lecture was a load of crap.” The more profound a professor’s distaste with the proceedings, the more likely he is to melt away at the end of the talk.camille paglia
Lacan is a tyrant who must be driven from our shores. Narrowly trained English Professors who know nothing of art history or popular culture think they can just wade in with Lacan and trash everything in sight.camille paglia
I realize now how lucky I was, in the total absence of role models, to have only men to rebel against. Today's women students are meeting their oppressors in dangerously seductive new form, as successful congenial female Professors who view themselves as victims of a rigid foreign ideology.camille paglia
In our day, the scribes and Pharisees would be represented by the clergy, the Professors in our theological seminaries, and all high church officials.The Works of Francis J. Grimke (1942), edited by Carter Godwin Woodson, Associated publishers, Incorporated, page 260
"To serve rather than be served" is the motto of Shimer College, a fiercely independent liberal-arts institution where Professors and their students use dialogical tools to dismantle arguments like kids pulling the innards out of old alarm clocks.Don Troop, "At a Tiny College, an Epic Battle over Academic Authority", Chronicle of Higher Education 2010-02-25.
From mad dogs and grumbling Professors may we all be delivered, and may we never take the complaint from either of them.Charles Spurgeon, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 421.
Sing the melody line you hear in your own head. Remember, you don't owe anybody any explanations, you don't owe your parents any explanations, you don't owe your Professors any explanations.Bono, Commencement Address at the University of Pennsylvania PENN Address (May 17, 2004)] RealPlayer video (Bono introduced at 1:50:30, speaks from 1:56:00 - 2:22:00).
The presence of irony does not necessarily mean that the earnestness is excluded. Only assistant Professors assume that.Søren Kierkegaard, in Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments
One of the characteristics of the university is that it is made up of Professors who train Professors, or professionals training professionals. Education was this no longer directed toward people who were to be educated with a view to become fully developed human beings, but to specialists, in other that they might learn how to train other specialists. This is the danger of “Scholasticism,” that philosophical tendency which began to be sketched at the end of antiquity, developed in the Middle Ages, and whose presence is still recognizable in philosophy today.pierre hadot
Two universities have been founded in this country, amply endowed and furnished with Professors in the different sciences; and I should be sorry that those who have been educated at either of them should undervalue the benefits of such an education.Lord Kenyon, C.J., King v. The College of Physicians (1797), 7 T. R. 288.
The Christian religion is from heaven. The gates of hell shall not prevail against it, and its Professors are not afraid of its being examined. It has stood for eighteen hundred years, and it will stand long.Best, J., Trial of Mary Ann Carlile (1821), 1 St. Tr. (N. S.) 408.
There are nowadays Professors of philosophy, but not philosophers. ... To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.Henry David Thoreau
Nothing exposes religion more to the reproach of its enemies than the worldliness and half-heartedness of the Professors of it.matthew henry
I do not believe in evolution ... and none of your Professors believe in evolution. ... Beliefs are opinions.Eugenie C. Scott, "The Evolution of Creationism," address at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio (1 May 2007)
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