An independent scholar is anyone who works outside traditional academia in the pursuit of truth and knowledge. The status of an independent scholar is often an amateur rather than a professional although this is not always a matter of choice. There is some debate about the acceptance of independent scholars, but their knowledge can be comparable to that of institutional scholars.
The history of independent scholarshipEdit
The origins of independent scholarship may be obscure but the human motivations that have led people to undertake it are not. Mobile and migrating, stay-at-home (especially the very young, the very old, invalid and women), socially adventurous and socially marginalized booklearners have had to make alternative plans for learning outside the mainstream throughout the course of human existence.
Acceptance of independent scholarshipEdit
Criteria on someone's source of income or academic standing have no prima facie application to how scholarly work should be evaluated. New ideas from outside the academic establishment do however often encounter resistance. If independent scholars publish their work in non-traditional places (anywhere outside learned journals, that is) they are open to attack for lack of peer review. This applies in particular to books. In the humanities, books generally carry more weight than papers; in the sciences the opposite is true. But in both cases there is an assumption that peer-reviewed work attracts greater respect, and is the actual foundation of what books in the subject contain.
- Gross, Ronald. The Independent Scholar's Handbook, ISBN 0-89815-521-5. Available for free download from the Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars
- Gross, Ronald. Peak Learning, ISBN 0-87477-957-X
- Gowers, Timothy. The Princeton Companion to Mathematics, ISBN 0-69111-880-9
- Horton, David. The Portable Seminary: A Master's Level Overview in One Volume, ISBN 0-76420-160-3
- Bauer, Susan Wise. The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, ISBN 0-39305-094-7
- Murray, Michael T. & Pizzorno, Joseph. The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Third Edition, ISBN 1-45166-300-5
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