One - Time's Toll
its possessors may say to the contrary, the North American
doctor of philosophy degree is not so much about scholarly
attainment as it is about power: sheer, naked, inexorable
economic and social power. Originally intended as the certificate
attesting specialized preparation for research in the major
scholarly disciplines, it has proliferated in an unchecked
fashion throughout our intellectual world, becoming the mandatory
qualification for teaching in higher education, employment
in research, and advisory work in business and government.
Without the Ph.D. degree, one cannot now hope to be permanently
retained as an instructor at most of the thousands of institutions
of higher learning on this continent, even in the teaching
of junior undergraduates. Without the Ph.D. degree, one cannot
now hope to become involved with formal research in most fields
at any level higher than that of technician or research assistant.
and Master of Massey College, University of Toronto
Silver Donald Cameron
Author, academic and journalist
Emeritus, University of Toronto
Professor, Carleton University
Are doctorates worthwhile?
What did that degree
do to you?
Re-visiting and Re-visioning
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