Knowledge to Serve What Ends? An Exchange from 1968

Knowledge to Serve What Ends? An Exchange from 1968

Author: Jim Peck et al.


The exchange of correspondence reprinted below appeared in the October 1968 edition of what was then called the CCAS Newsletter (vol. 1, no. 2). The issues raised more than forty years ago are still relevant today. As Mark Selden framed the questions in the same issue of the Newsletter, "the issue [is] the complex one of the relationship between knowledge and power and between the scholar and the politician: knowledge to serve what ends?" Principals in the exchange are Jim Peck (editor of the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars in 1970 and 1971), Ezra F. Vogel (professor of East Asian studies at Harvard at the time of this exchange; from 1993 to 1995, he was U.S. National Intelligence Officer for East Asia), John K. Fairbank (the first full-time specialist to teach Chinese history at Harvard; he retired in 1977); David Riesman (Harvard social scientist, author of The Lonely Crowd: A Study of the Changing American Character [1963]); and Jon Livingston (first editor [with Leigh Kagan] of what would become the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars).

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