11 August 2009

Mortality and Scholarship

Over the course of today, whilst working on my doctorate (on Irish research funding policy) the two most thought provoking things I have read have been obituaries in the Guardian. Two very different scholars who gave a lot to the world: Ivan Illich (born September 4 1926; died December 2 2002) and Bernard Crick (born 16 December 1929; died 19 December 2008). I first read books buy both authors in the 1980s (Illich: De-Schooling Society, Crick: In Defence of Politics), and only discovered today that both authors had died, even though it was quite recently for Crick, and it was quite a while ago for Illich. If that isn't a suitable note to finish on for the day, I'm not sure what is.

Posted by mofoghlu at August 11, 2009 12:39 AM | TrackBack
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