UNIVERSITIES AND KNOWLEDGE: BRING THEM BACK TOGETHER!
Signs indicating which way Slovenian universities have been taking to set and meet their social roles, give grounds for serious concern. Universities have been yielding to aggressive logic of the market, according to which—as a university teacher or a researcher—every individual is supposed to be worth only as much as the amount of money they are able to procure with their work in the market. Instead of defying the pure bureaucratic and brutally administrative conditions and criteria for the election and appointment of teachers and researchers, universities have been perfectly non-critically assuming this kind of dictates imposed by state agencies and committees. Academic professionals do not focus on the content and ethics of working processes in universities, but have become passive and apathetic slaves of robotised technocratic dehumanisation. Also because of this universities have been considerably failing to take care of the education of critically thinking citizens, of moral personalities and courageous civilian intellectuals empowered with authentic and quality knowledge. In view of what has been going on in universities, it is almost no longer possible to talk about the commitment of universities to ensuring and enhancing knowledge as a value.
universities, academic ethics, subordination to neo-liberal market logic, knowledge as a value