„Nie będę czytał tych staroci”. O niechęci do poznawania historii dyscypliny
„I’m not going to read this old junk”. About unwillingness to learn about the history of discipline
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The author points out lack of interest on the part of students of various disciplines (i.a. the humanities) for the history of their field of study, which is considered uninteresting and unnecessary. She also takes into consideration different approaches of the scientific milieu towards achievements of predecessors. On the one hand, we see them being treated selectively and unreflectively, when “old junk” is being rejected as useless. On the other hand, there is an aspiration to show the continuity of thought, search for the roots, care for the preservation of tradition, and respect for scientific predecessors. Certain attitudes are manifestations of cultural differences, visible also in the world of science and education. In the consumerist, postmodern, information society, culture in its wide sense is treated as a su-permarket (concept popularised by Gordon Mathews). There is no place in it for the past, memory, tradition, authorities, roots, heritage, continuity, permanence. Everything is subject to individual choices and continuous change. Change covers, i.a. transfer of knowledge, ways of presenting results of scientific research, relations between student and teacher.
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