Abstract: In this paper, I take the position that a large portion of contemporary academic work is an appalling waste of human intelligence that cannot be justified under any mainstream normative ethics. Part I builds a four-step argument for why this is the case, while Part II responds to arguments for the contrary position offered in Cass Sunstein’s “In Defense of Law Reviews.”
The problem is not that it is academic or intellectual but that what those designations now mean has become far removed from the intellectual life.
See, for example Prof defends students waving picket signs instead of responding intellectually
Prof sounds like fishwife shouting abuse across the market (apparently thinks that’s some kind of engagement with ideas)