More of Stanley Fish's Post Modern Rules About Everything
“Columbia does not, or at least should not, stand anywhere on the vexed issues of the day, and neither should its chief executive, at least publicly.”
Ever? On anything? Can Columbia as such ever condemn or support anything? Could they have condemned Nazism as a university? (Godwin’s Law strikes again!)
“Remember always what a university is for – the transmission of knowledge and the conferring of analytical skills – and resist the temptation to inflate the importance of what goes on its precincts.”
The conferring of analytical skills? People pay $200,000 just to have analytical skills conferred?!
“A university president doesn’t have the luxury of choosing whether to speak as a citizen or as a faculty member or as an administrator.”
anglicancalvinist, please have at Mr. Fish for me.