Evaluating Philosophy: Susan Haack’s Contribution to Academic Ethics
In this paper we discuss Susan Haack’s contribution to Academic Ethics. The paper is divided into three sections. After the introduction we firstly reconstruct Haack’s critique of what she calls “preposterism” in academia. Secondly, we focus on the measurement of academic quality of philosophical work, scholars, or institutions through surrogate measures. We try to show that a total refusal of surrogate measures in academia is no solution, but that using these measures needs to be restricted in order not to corrupt philosophical research. The third part discusses the question which additional criteria might be required for an adequate evaluation of philosophical research.
KeywordsAcademic Achievement Surrogate Measure Academic Institution Academic Life Philosophical Inquiry
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