Debating IR

Probing the philosophical underpinnings of the international system and anything else of interest.


Thursday, March 30, 2006

Weber and Education

In my last post I mentioned a sociology paper that used what is essentially a Weberian method to look at the function of universities. The piece was focused on students, where as this weeks reading focuses on the teachers.

It is important to remember that there are demands placed upon academics that really have little to do with their professed task. If one considers that academics must publish a certain number of articles, and that publications tend to privilege certain types of research methods (typically quantitative), it means that the whole discipline is really distorted away from the task of understanding.

The Weber piece was interesting and has obvious implications for the discipline of IR, but I also felt that it didn't fit well with the general trajectory of the class.


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