From time to time I offer a post with a quote I want to be able to find again. Usually it’s something true and clever and makes you think. This time is a very interesting take on academic writing, specifically that when you write in an academic style you are exposing your work, showing your work like they used to call it in math class, and letting people have a chance to repeat it or prove it wrong. I think that is the key point when it comes to any research or analysis. You have to go into with the attitude that this is to the best of your knowledge right now, but you may be proven wrong. That could be wrong is heart and soul of the theory of academic writing, sadly I don’t think there are people who don’t remember that.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association in an article about the future of citation and their new version of the MLA citation guide:
” This reproducibility is perhaps more accurately and evocatively described as falsifiability — the more skeptical, but more important sense that you could follow those procedures, or perhaps some better procedures, and wind up disproving the hypothesis in question. In this same way, research in the humanities exposes the details of its procedures via citation such that it too might be rendered falsifiable. Readers can return to the sources in question and render their own better interpretations of them. Academic writing becomes academic, in other words, precisely when it exposes its process to future correction.“
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