Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Against Academics

In teaching Erasmus recently, I read a passage of Encomium Moriae (The Praise of Folly) which hits pretty close to home in terms of criticizing academics who would quote the name of Erasmus' book in Latin and such. Against academics, he writes:
They contrive to make their profession seem to be the most difficult of all. What is actually tedious they consider brilliant.... The most touching event is when they compliment each other.... They are fools praising fools and dunces praising dunces.


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