Narrative, Power and the Public
7. What to Read, How and Why?
Intellectuals are people who read and who write, and then they discuss and debate. Are researchers intellectuals? Not necessarily, but research is a practice that certainly requires a certain amount of reading, and well, also writing. And, not to forget: arguing about and with, both with the past and the present articulation of the specific theme and field.
But what kind of reading and why?
The American philosopher Richard Rorty (1998, p. 12) caused a stir some years ago by claiming that it is novels rather than moral treaties that are the most useful vehicles of moral education. What we need is imagination, not moral obligation, if and when we are asked to live and if we have to live together and accept others in our dissonant plural realities.
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