Character and Scholarship
Author: Syed Hussein Alatas
Publisher: Budhi & Ilmu Mandiri
Size: 25cm x 17.5cm
An intellectual creation is never neutral. One aspect that needs a closer examination is how character traits influence one's scholarship. Using the example of philosopher David Hume's caricature on Islam and Prophet Muhammad, as well as a reviewer's criticism on his work, The Myth of the Lazy Native, Syed Hussein Alatas argues how certain character structures do not fuse well with accumulated knowledge, and scholars or thinkers sometimes make judgments in opposition to the principles of objectivity that they uphold.