How often do autodidacts appear as literary characters? How are they portrayed? Why do they fascinate?
When are autodidacts liberated and liberating, and when are they impostors? How can you tell an impostor from a harbinger of new ideas?
How do I, not an autodidact, explain to an autodidact who could be a harbinger of new ideas that he has no need to mold himself into an impostor? How does one counter the defense that I say what I do because am Establishment?
What happens when the understanding of autodidaxy as liberation bleeds into the anti-intellectualism of the Right?
When graduate students say the exams are “only hazing” or “only a hoop to jump through,” do they mean they believe they have a right to degrees without learning or jobs without degrees?
Please feel free to discuss any aspect of any of these questions, or to add new ones.