Do academic disciplines engage society?

“At a reception I once attended a senior public servant offered the following comment to me: ‘You guys [and I think he meant academics] are so caught up in your abstract studies and disciplines that you can’t really say anything useful to the rest of us.’ Well, of course I didn’t agree with him, but whether his comment had any merit isn’t my point here …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 May]

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