“The scholar disappears” – Heidegger

His politics were abhorrent, but this is prescient: “The scholar disappears. He is succeeded by the research man who is engaged in research projects … The research man no longer needs a library at home. Moreover, he is constantly on the move. He negotiates at meetings and collects information at congresses … The research worker necessarily presses forward … into the sphere characteristic of the technologist in the essential sense. Only in this way is he capable of acting effectively, and only thus, after the manner of his age, is he real. Alongside him, the increasingly thin and empty Romanticism of scholarship and the university will still be able to persist for some time in a few places ….”

– Martin Heidegger, The Age of the World Picture, 1938

 

Martin Heidegger, 1938

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