Should you study Plato, Epicurus, Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel or even Husserl? Aesthetics, politics, morality, epistemology, metaphysics? Should you devote your time to teaching, to producing a body of work, to research, to Culture? It makes no difference. The only thing that matters is your intention: are you elevating thought and contributing to the common good, or rather joining the ranks in a field of study whose only purpose is its own perpetuation, and only function the self-reproduction of a sterile elite – for this turns university into a sect.
Barbery, M. (2006), The Elegance of the Hedgehog (trans. A. Anderson), Gallic Books, p. 248