the philosopher can hardly be expected to escape his own professional deformation

"The more specialised a vision, the sharper its focus; but also the more nearly total the blind spot toward all things that lie on the periphery of this focus. As a human being, functioning professionally within the Academy, the philosopher can hardly be expected to escape his own professional deformation, especially since it has become a law of modern society that man is assimilated more and more completely to his social function."

William Barrett, Irrational Man