Academism has emasculated the human disciplines also academically. Classically—e.g., for Aristotle—there was no such subject matter as “philosophy.” Philosophy was the heuristic, critical, and methodical part of any proper science, relating it to the system of sciences and to man. But once having concurred that “philosophy” is the preliminary vague stage of the various sciences, professions, and arts, academic philosophy has pompously set itself up as a special Department dealing with important remnants that have no scientific or professional bearings.

Paul Goodman, Compulsory Miseducation and the Community of Scholars