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Roger Kimball Ê 6 Free read Review È Tenured Radicals Revised How Politics has Corrupted our Higher Education í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Yardley Washington Post Book World “A bravado performance of critical journalisma vivid up to the minute account alternately amusing and dismaying of the takeover of the academy by ideology” Robert Alter Newsday “A stinging account The commonsense approach of Tenured Radicals provokes constant reflections and occasional laughter at the suirming victims” Roger Shattuck author of The Banuet Year. The primary uestion I have for this book is Is what Kimball is describing the exception or the norm It is critical as his entire text rests upon this simple matter of factread

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Roger Kimball Ê 6 Free read Review È Tenured Radicals Revised How Politics has Corrupted our Higher Education í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Since Tenured Radicals first appeared in 1990 it has achieved a stature as the leading critiue of the ways in which the humanities are now taught and studied at American universities Trenchant and witty it lays bare the sham of what now passes for serious academic pursuit in too many circles In this new edition completely reset Roger Kimball has brought the text up to date and has added a new Introduct. From the acknowledgements page where Kimball credits both the arriere garde New Criterion and the fetid Olin Foundation to the concluding uotation of fascist sympathizer Evelyn Waugh this text manages to get just about everything wrong Some of the salient problems culled simply for brevity s sake from the preface and first chapter Intellectual Dishonesty Kimball claims that the self righteous emphasis on diversity relevance and sensitivity provides a graphic example of the way in which the teaching of the humanitieshas been appropriated by special interests 3 What is fundamentally dishonest are the assertions that a any education can be politically neutral and b his own preferred method of humanities instruction traditionalist masculinist great books centered ignorant to race class politics atheoretical c is somehow magically outside of politics There is incidentally no indication in the text of how an emphasis on diversity or sensitivity is an example of appropriation of humanities education by so called special interests eh Is that even subject to appropriation And if so so what Who exactly is the special interest that promotes diversity The accusation is comically aporetic and it is difficult to discern even at this early point whether this text is a parody of neo philistinism or the genuine artifact see Poe s LawIndeed the notion that discussions of race class and gender are a matter of special interests is likewise fairly dishonest for taken as an aggregate these groups account for what approaches 100% of humanity Kimball s preferred instruction reckons with the experience of the elite which for some bizarre reason he associates with the general interest Conceptual Confusion Kimball carps that the modern university focuses on the canon of Freud Marx and Nietzsche and is further dominated by a motley variety of avante gard criticism based on a combination of liberal political pieties 7 A fairly muddled formulation this charge conflates a wide variety of thinking on both the political left and in the modern academy the two are not identical Leaving aside the notion that Freudians and Marxists don t necessarily get along not to mention how Nietzsche s followers complicate things we can topple Kimball s house of cards simply by noting that if someone is a Marxist then that means she is not a liberal liberals look too much like capitalists to the average Marxist we must recall It is of course manifestly erroneous to suggest that Marx Freud and Nietzsche get much attention in themselves though certainly they are extremely influential There s a reason for that but Kimball isn t interested in looking at the reason but rather anathematizes them as villains Systematic Fallacious Reasoning Kimball pooh poohs the fact that the products of popular cultureare given parity or even precedence over the most important cultural achievements of our civilization by modern intellectuals xiii If I recall my own humanities training we tend to call this type of irrational argument Begging the uestion Circular Reasoning and Tautological Argumentation Kimball simply put here assumes his conclusion in his vainglorious effort to prove that the subject and method of the modern academy is bad he posits his own preferred subject and method as the most important That an entire generation of scholars is attempting to interrogate precisely this issue of what is most important seems to have eluded Kimball s cognitive process He may well be correct about what happens to be most important but there s nothing in this text to make that demonstration the point therefore appears to be mere sensationalist dogmaOther fallacies easily spotted in the preface and first chapter a Slippery Slope xii at least one Red Herring 5 6 Argumentum ad Hominem dismissals galore Appeals to Tradition literally on every page he needs to argue rigorously for this tradition s value after all rather than to venerate it childishly and some assorted Argumentum ad Verecundiam Complex Cause c I have removed references to Straw Man Fallacies and placed them below for reasons that will be explained Dearth of Understanding Kimball just can t seem to comprehend some of the basics of the object of his critue Eg while bashing at feminist literary criticism he claims that proper literary criticism should be disinterested inuiry and a notion of scholarship that deliberately strives to transcend political differences 19 This is of course so far out of tune with the entire history of literary study as to disualify the entire point any suggestion that literary criticism has ever been this kind of apolitical utopia is both beyond obnoxious and evidence of one who hasn t done one s homework One need only turn to such critics as Leavis Richards Arnold and Eliot on the one hand or Williams Burke Benjamin and Gorky on the other in order to see some politics of literary criticism A uick review of the relevant sections of Plato s Republic might suggest to even the least careful readers that literary theory has for many centuries had overt political objectives Ultimately it becomes an absurdity to argue that literary criticism has not been and does not continue to be a polymorphously committed field of cultural production Kimball s own unacknowledged but highly politicized notions confirm this abundantly Additionally his characterization of the standard operating euipment of intellectual Marxists as a tendency to trump mere empirical evidence with the charge of false consciousness 24 completely disregards both the position he d just before been summarizing and the general corpus of Marxian theory if his argument demonstrated any competence whatsoever then I d assume that he was simply distorting his opponents positions whether out of malice or weakness is beyond anyone s ken at this point but since his argument gets nothing correct it must simply be a matter of the author s own mental incapacity and not repeated use of the Straw Man fallacy Is there any other conclusion Facile Interpretation of World Events Kimball s position vis a vis Frantz Fanon is indicative of the whole of his text To Kimball Fanon is to be associated with Goering and the Nazis yes Kimball has the gall to make this perverse association 30 and The Wretched of the Earth is merely an incitement to murder 30 Of course the long process of colonial abuse in Africa the details of Fanon s actual argument and other sundries all drawn from the traditional study of history that Kimball claims to prize are to be forgotten here This intentional amnesia regarding the stated purpose indicates that Kimball is not committed to those stated principles of his book but rather to his own rightist political agenda much though he may otherwise posture Part of that political agenda is necessarily reliant on a simplistic reading of history politics and philosophy simplistic enough to pretty much euate Fanon with Nazi terror if this text were published in 2002 we d see the phrase Axis of Evil littering its pages surely for Kimball is nothing if not a supercilious foppish jingo Most of us will doubtlessly hold Kimball accountable for his stunning lack of knowledge about Western Imperialism he could attempt to refute Fanon after all it is a good uestion is violence justifiable against a colonial invader We d never know that such a debate even exists if we had foolishly relied only on Kimball for this data one can only assume that he approves of violence by patriots in the US against the forces of British imperialism after all Overall an extremely unsound argument here but it should be reuired reading for anyone who takes the humanities seriously especially leftists who see value in late 20th century theoretical developments

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Roger Kimball Ê 6 Free read Review È Tenured Radicals Revised How Politics has Corrupted our Higher Education í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ion Those who have never read Tenured Radicals are in for a treat; others may find a second reading worth their while “Mr Kimball names his enemies precisely This book will breed fistfights” Roger Rosenblatt New York Times Book Review “All persons serious about education should see it” Allan Bloom author of The Closing of the American Mind “ Tenured Radicals is a withering critiue” Jonathan. Hilarious stuff Kimball rails against the politicized realm of humanities academe He points fingers at Derrida Hirsch Stanley Fish Lacan Among others He laments the turn towards multiculturalism On the one hand as an academic I totally agree with Kimball s point that much that passes for scholarship these days is incompressible blather Small points obscured behind large preferably Latinate or newly coined words Unfortunately many of Kimball s arguments are poorly supported or if supported rest upon false arguments such as ad hominem attacks post hoc and hasty generalizations Hey if one person is teaching a course on Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl then every English dept in every college and university must have abandoned the canon right Holy jumping to conclusions Batman Methinks Kimball doth protest too much like those idiots on Fox News who every year try to tell us there s a war against Christmas Some in the academy are perhaps too politicized I have seen colleagues shudder at the mention of the canon But the canon hasn t been abandoned If anything it has been expanded by the the feminists post colonialists and multiculturalists Kimball seems to hold in high disdain He seems to especially hate women considering he goes on for two hundred and fifty pages and never writes a single kind word about women Nor does he in all those pages concede the point that scholarship prior to the 1960s was also biased and political For Kimball it would seem that bias only entered the university with those pesky long haired hippy types Prior to them scholarship was entirely disinterested entirely apolitical entirely concerned with objective truth Read this book for the laughs and don t take it seriously


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