QOTD: Robert Kaplan

January 29, 2007

Robert Kaplan, writer for the Atlantic‘In the academy, specialization has become both a necessity and a curse. Too much narrow expertise is the inverse of wisdom.  But the explosion of facts that need to be categorized demands a growing number of parochial subdivisions within any given field. We must fight against the tendency to become, as the Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset feared we all would, “learned ignoramuses”.”

Discuss amongst yourselves.

From An Historian for our Time by Robert D. Kaplan in The Atlantic