(Un)Freedom of choice : explanations for career choices in mid-20th century Austrian academic CVs

Title: (Un)Freedom of choice : explanations for career choices in mid-20th century Austrian academic CVs
Author: Klos, Sandra
Source document: Studia historica Brunensia. 2022, vol. 69, iss. 2, pp. 201-213
Extent
201-213
  • ISSN
    1803-7429 (print)
    2336-4513 (online)
Type: Article
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Abstract(s)
Does someone freely choose to become a scientist or do scientists rather feel chosen? Autobiographic writing was a common, interdisciplinary scientific practice in the 20th century and thus provides a broad variety of explanations on the topic of career choices. When did someone make the choice to become a scientist or researcher? What factors influenced their decision? And how did they pursue their career path? In qualitatively comparing six CVs of various lengths, collected at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, two recurring themes stand out and will be discussed in more detail: inclinations and genetics. Although different in some aspects, both concepts lean stronger towards deterministic philosophies rather than freedom of choice. The majority of the examined scientists, although from different social and epistemic backgrounds, seems to support the idea that they were chosen for their subject rather than making a conscious decision by themselves.