The ‘Joy’ of Methodology

by | 23 Jan 2023

The soul-crushing

mind-numbing

gut-wrenching

heart-breaking

“joy” of methodology.

I was never taught me-tho-do-lo-gy.

Whatever that is.

Isn’t the method just

1. Idea,

2. Struggle,

3. Word vomit?

That’s how I do it.

I wonder,

what if?

What if I want to be inspired by birds and flowers,

and not cite so many dull, dreary lawyers?

What if academic writing feels like a prison

And prose feels like sweet escape?

Like most other -logies

Methodology feels mislaid.

Dear Kate,

I’m sorry I can’t be more enthusiastic

Though I hope this eulogy does justice

to methodology, may it rest in peace.

Since this carnival

will surely be the end of it.

Başak Etkin (@EtkinBasak) is a researcher in international legal theory and the co-host of the philosophy of international law podcast, Borderline Jurisprudence

2 Comments

  1. Perhaps Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason could persuade you to reconsider your dystopic position which may be more due to personal factors than the problem of methodology?

    Reply
  2. I can relate! These methodologies often ruin ones creative expression. Besides, deciphering academic writings is another kind of complexity which makes a researcher preposterous.

    Reply

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