A Larger Sense of Purpose: Higher Education and Society

A Larger Sense of Purpose: Higher Education and Society

by Harold T. Shapiro
     
 

"Shapiro clearly and persuasively enunciates his major theme—that universities have a responsibility for performing two important social functions. One is to serve existing society, and the other is to challenge it."—Charles T. Clotfelter, Duke University

"This book reflects an effort by one of our most distinguished educational leaders to look

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"Shapiro clearly and persuasively enunciates his major theme—that universities have a responsibility for performing two important social functions. One is to serve existing society, and the other is to challenge it."—Charles T. Clotfelter, Duke University

"This book reflects an effort by one of our most distinguished educational leaders to look beneath the surface of existing controversies and ask deeper questions about the role of the university in a modern liberal democracy. Shapiro's analysis is well tuned to the paradoxical character of the modern university as at once loyal servant and stubborn critic of the society that sustains it."—Michael McPherson, President, the Spencer Foundation, and former President of Macalaster College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691123639
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/26/2005
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

The University and Society 1

The Transformation of the Antebellum College

From Right Thinking to Liberal Learning 40

Liberal Education, Liberal Democracy, and the Soul of the University 88

Some Ethical Dimensions of Scientific Progress 120

Bibliography 163

Index 175

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