こだまの世界

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アカデミアの生活

ヌスバウム先生のインタビューより。研究者は自分で研究を進めないといけないので、ちゃんと研究計画が立って研究が順調でないと友達と遊んだり人生を楽しんだりできないという趣旨の話。まあみんながヌスバウム先生のように順調に仕事をしているわけではないと思うが…

I think it is easy to see someone very disciplined and think that this person is not having fun. But actually, it is only when you have long internalized habits of discipline that you CAN have fun as an academic. It’s a very lonely life after all. Nobody tells you what to do. You must plan your own work. Many people find this incredibly stressful. Because of my father, I find it joyous; and because of my mother and my father (who was loving in his own way) I make room for love. If you are disciplined, then, and only then, as an academic, do you have room for friendship and love. Otherwise you are always fretting about whether you will actually sit down to write. But when you have confidence that you have just finished this thing and you will finish the next, then you can go spend time with the people you care about. So for me, discipline, fun, and love go well together – and preferably with subversiveness and humor.