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Kant pay   (21.3.11)

My university colleagues, up in arms at Tory cu ts, may be heartened by Immanuel K nt's remuneration:

For a time, he worked as a private tutor, and then, at thirty-one, he received his first academic job, as an unsalaried lecturer, for which he was paid based on the number of students who showed up at his lectures. He was a popular and industrious lecturer, giving about twenty lectures a week on subjects including metaphysics, logic, ethics, law, geography, and anthropology.

Performance-related pay! And to think he didn't publish his first book until he was fifty-seven. I suppose it puts our publish-or-perish culture, increasingly absurd in the Kindle age, into perspective. (The quotation, by the way, is from Michael Sandel's Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? It's an excellent overview of moral philosophy.)

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