A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, academia, education, and college

It is in college that the clamps really start to come down, heavy-duty or professional-caliber ideologizing against radical ideas.  Even in very large departments of sociology or political science I couldn't find virtually any people who had read thinkers off the Approved list.  I was to discover over the decades that there is certainly a blacklist of sorts in philosophy as well--and the grave difficulty the 19th-century thinkers pose for the academic establishment is that all of those primary thinkers are contrarian and radical.  It isn't possible to overlook or refute them; all that can be done is deform and misrepresent their thinking, blunt it, confuse its purposes and accomplishments.  How geniuses get academicized.

Kenneth Smith

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