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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Personal Pride and Epistemological Humility

You can be as proud as you want to be about how smart you are, how much you know, how well you write. The fundamental attitude to express in scholarship, though, is epistemological humility. In other words, knowledge is fundamentally fragile. There are degrees of certainty, things that can be known without too much doubt and others that can hardly be known or understood at all, and a vast amount of things in the middle.

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