Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This article advocates against the pressure universities exert on professors to generate research (and especially research funding) at the expense of teaching and the individual well-being of teaching staff. Author N.N. Trakakis draws on the 'slow' movement to recommend an alternative path, quoting fellow Australian philosopher, Raimond Gaita, who writes, "Wittgenstein suggested that philosophers should greet one another by saying, 'Take your time.' One needs time to muse, to meditate. Meditative reflectiveness does not issue quickly in publications and is often not sure of itself. It is seldom impressive on its feet."

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