Most of our teachers were not intellectuals, they were only experts. They had no engagement, only careers. When one was found in the strange state of political motion, he most often seemed to feel a bit fallen: “I speak not as an expert, but as an ordinary mortal.” As if expertise were an Olympian virtue and the bomb could not also incinerate the groves of academe.
Now Vietnam. And since March, we begin to feel a blushing difference. Our teachers dare at last to be more tha...
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