The Ends of Knowledge: What are the end points of our disciplines—and when, if ever, could we be done?

Seth Rudy and Rachael Scarborough King – Inside Higher Ed

The article discusses the challenges faced by academic disciplines, particularly in the humanities and sciences, in the context of emerging technologies, political pressures, and cultural shifts. It proposes that disciplines should confront their ends and rethink their purposes and goals in light of current changes. The authors present four broad ways in which scholars have approached the question of the ends of knowledge: unification, access, utopia/dystopia, and conceptualization. They argue that having a clear sense of purpose and outcomes can help advance knowledge and address the evolving landscape of higher education.