Academia & The Last Man
A central problem in the philosophy of education—whether it is known or unknown—is the lack of an adequate framework for understanding the contemporary university. This essay aims to provide a fundamental characterization of the present-day academy, this towards the end of unconcealing the inner logic of academia, something increasingly necessary for understanding the status of…
What is Academiology?
Academiology is the study of academia, its inhabitants and its associated structures. The claim is that prior analyses, such as those by Weber, Veblen, Bourdieu, Readings, et al., can be significantly extended, potentially opening new forms of world access. Academiology hence seeks to penetrate and unconceal the inner logic of the academy as well as…
Academia as a Society of Control
Foucault’s analysis of the classic disciplinary site highlighted the domain-specific rules and mechanisms that encourage self-monitoring. When the aura of bureaucratic control is extended by digital technology and forms cybernetic feedback loops, we arrive at Deleuze’s notion of “societies of control.” Viewing academia through this interpretive lens can help illuminate both the prevailing academic logic…