Centralization and over-professionalization can lead to the disappearance of a critical environment capable of linking the human sciences to the real world. The authors of this volume suggest that the humanities need to operate in a concrete cultural environment able to influence procedures on a hic et nunc basis, and that they should not entirely depend on normative criteria whose function is often to hide ignorance behind a pretentious veil of value-neutral objectivity. In sociology, the growth of scientism has fragmented ethical categories and distorted discourse between our inner and outer selves, while philosophy is suffering from an empty professionalism current in many philosophy departments in industrialized and developing countries where boring, ahistorical, and nonpolitical exercises are justified through appeals to false excellence. In all branches of the humanities, absurd evaluation processes foster similar tendencies as they create a sterile atmosphere and prevent interdisciplinarity and creativity. Technicization of theory plays into the hands of technocrats. The authors offer a broad range of approaches and interpretations, reaching from philosophy of education to the re-evaluation of business models for universities.
About the Author: Thorsten Botz-Bornstein was born in Germany, studied Philosophy in Paris, and received his PhD from Oxford University in 1993. He has been researching in Japan, in particular on the philosophy of the Kyoto School, and worked for the Center of Cognition at Hangzhou University, China, as well as at Tuskegee University in Alabama, USA. He is now Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait.