Subversiveness explained

On May 16, 2002 by Eden M. Kennedy

“Professor Mirkin explained to the Times that his article was ‘meant to be subversive.’ Subversiveness is acceptable as a by-product of scholarly inquiry; but it is unworthy as a goal. The goal of inquiry is (in the deathless words of Howard Cosell) to tell it like it is. If beliefs and assumptions are thereby subverted, so be it.”

Louis Menand in the May 13, 2002 New Yorker.



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