Andrew Abbott

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Andrew Delano Abbott (born ca 1948) is an American sociologist and Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago.


  • The reason for getting an education here—or anywhere else—is that it is better to be educated than not to be. It is better in and of itself. Not because it gets you something. Not because it is a means to some other end. It is better because it is better. Note that this statement implies that the phrase “aims of education” is nonsensical; education is not a thing of which aims can be predicated. It has no aim other than itself.

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