Richard Shweder digs deeper into Kenneth Prewitt’s call for justifying scholarly autonomy based on the USBAR principle—Unintended Social Benefits Appreciated Retroactively. Shweder compares the USBAR rationale to principles that underlie a vision of the university as a “temple for critical reasoning” which is neither directly nor indirectly in the service of broader moral, political, or practical ends.
Richard A. Shweder
Richard A. Shweder is the Harold Higgins Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. He was formerly a cochair (with Martha Minow of Harvard Law School and Hazel Markus of the Department of Psychology of Stanford University) of a Social Science Research Council/Russell Sage Foundation working group on law and culture. The several publications of that group addressed questions about immigration and tolerance for cultural diversity in the United States and Europe that are currently hot-button public policy topics. See, for example, the edited collection titled Engaging Cultural Differences: The Multicultural Challenge in Liberal Democracies (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2002).