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Jacques Derrida on Fears in Writing

An eminent French philosopher Jacques Derrida reflects on the dualistic process of intellectual creation in the course of writing — (un)consciously anxious yet urgently imperative.  ”Each time I write something, and it feels like I am advancing into new territory, somewhere I … Continue reading

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Academic CV of Failures – a motivational lesson

A fundamental rule of writing a resume rests on the unspoken prescript of omitting anything that didn’t go as planned or actually didn’t worked out. This principle is doubly valid and relevant with regard to preparing an academic CV. Each academic CV is … Continue reading

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Consensus in economics: when and why economists stopped discussing each other’s work

A French moralist and essayist Joseph Joubert, known for his posthumously published Pensées (Thoughts), wrote “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it”. I recalled this quote while reading Joe Francis’ interesting post … Continue reading

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Probably the best “Acknowledgments” ever

__________________________________________________ “I blame all of you. Writing this book has been an exercise in sustained suffering. The casual reader may, perhaps, exempt herself from excessive guilt, but for those of you who have played the larger role in prolonging my … Continue reading

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Albert Einstein on the power of ideas and imagination in science

What do economic sociology and political economy, or social and political sciences in general, have to do with Albert Einstein?.. you might probably ask. Well, they do — and hopefully at the end of this post you will agree with me. I … Continue reading

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Unethical behavior of economists

Ethical conduct in research is not just a matter of institutional rules but a core foundation of the moral and professional principles by which any scholar must be guided. Do academic economists, whose works still constantly influence legislations and policy making, follow this basic standard? Let’s … Continue reading

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Class struggle — Karl Marx would be proud of this guy

On a whiteboard at the college entrance “Tell us what class are you struggling with and why? The Bourgeoise b/c they control the modes of production“ Although it should be “means of production”, I think this person has already learned … Continue reading

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The academic conferences alert!!

“We have time for just one long-winded, self-indulgent question that relates to nothing we’ve been talking about.”  😉 I wish all the academics in the house a pleasant and fruitful scholarly conference season! Meanwhile, see here and here more memories of these unique intellectual fetes! 🙂 … Continue reading

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Political Economy of Grandmothers’ deaths rate — Why the week prior to exams is dangerous for the relatives of students?

In this remarkable paper, Mike Adams (Eastern Connecticut State University) thoroughly (to say 🙂 wittily and jestingly) scrutinizes a fundamental problem: a student’s grandmother is far more likely to die suddenly just before the student takes an exam, than at … Continue reading

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Thomas Piketty: “Take a serious interest in money… Those who have a lot of it never fail to defend their interests.”

These are Thomas Piketty’s  last words in his ground-shaking Capital in the Twenty-First Century. The Economic Sociology and Political Economy global community proudly realizes their prescriptive meaning: “All social scientists, all journalists and commentators, all activists in the unions and in politics of … Continue reading

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How to defeat Neoliberalism? Name and shame its carriers. Together we did it– and we succeeded!

Neoliberalism is a political project which sophisticatedly exploits the fictitious “free markets” ideas professed by mainstream economists and aims at reshaping the functions of the state and its institutions, in order to change the distribution of capital and wealth in a society. In … Continue reading

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The Art of Writing

In Peter De Vries’ epic Reuben, Reuben, the main character – a creatively blocked Scottish poet Gowan McGland (based on a famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas),  reveals his working habits, which perhaps might be useful for you in any aspect: “Sometimes I write drunk and … Continue reading

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Public engagement is a moral obligation of social scientists

Pierre Bourdieu, a preeminent social scientist and influential public intellectual: “Those who have the good fortune to be able to devote their lives to the study of the social world cannot stand aside, neutral and indifferent, from the struggles in which … Continue reading

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Name and shame: Warwick University to outsource academics to a subsidiary

While revolts against the neoliberalization and commercialization of higher education have been sweeping Dutch universities and London universities, the University of Warwick (whose motto is “Mind moves matter”) is giving in to the dangerous logic of “profit above all”. The university management will be changing the … Continue reading

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Where is the ‪‎wisdom‬ we have lost in ‪‎knowledge‬? Where is the knowledge we have lost in ‪‎information‬?

“Where is the ‪‎wisdom‬ we have lost in ‪‎knowledge‬? Where is the knowledge we have lost in ‪‎information‬?” (T. S. Eliot, The Rock, 1934) *** Join Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Instagram / Tumblr / Reddit / Telegram

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