The Ivory Tower: The History of a Figure of Speech and Its Cultural Uses

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dc.contributor.author Shapin, Steven
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-08T15:13:50Z
dash.embargo.terms 2013-04-01
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Shapin, Steven. 2012. The Ivory Tower: the history of a figure of speech and its cultural uses. The British Journal for the History of Science 45(1): 1-27. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0007-0874 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1474-001X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8336536
dc.description.abstract This is a historical survey of how and why the notion of the Ivory Tower became part of twentieth- and twenty-first-century cultural vocabularies. It very briefly tracks the origins of the tag in antiquity, documents its nineteenth-century resurgence in literary and aesthetic culture, and more carefully assesses the political and intellectual circumstances, especially in the 1930s and 1940s, in which it became a common phrase attached to universities and to features of science and in which it became a way of criticizing practices and institutions deemed to be ‘irrelevant’. The paper concludes by reflecting on the tag’s relationship to pervasive cultural tropes and how its modern history may be used to appreciate better where science and its academic setting now stand in the ancient debate between the active and contemplative lives. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship History of Science en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Cambridge Journals en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1017/S0007087412000118 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.title The Ivory Tower: The History of a Figure of Speech and Its Cultural Uses en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal The British Journal for the History of Science en_US
dash.depositing.author Shapin, Steven
dc.date.available 2013-04-01T07:30:32Z

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