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No man was ever better qualified to write such a book as The Life of a University than Cardinal Newman was. And the subject has never been more pressing than it is today. In this classic, Newman poses a number of important questions: What is the purpose of education? What does it mean to be educated? What is the role of a university? What is the relationship between learning and the life of a society? And where does Catholicism fit in?

The issues Newman examined with incomparable insight continue to be relevant today, one hundred and fifty years after it was first published. This book has been recognized as probably the greatest of its kind, and no one interested in the relationship between religion, learning, culture and politics can afford to neglect it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300064056
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Rethinking the Western Tradition Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 844,276
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Preface to the original edition     xi
University Teaching
Introductory     3
Theology a Branch of Knowledge     17
Bearing of Theology on other Branches of Knowledge     37
Bearing of Other Branches of Knowledge on Theology     60
Knowledge its Own End     83
Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Learning     103
Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Professional Skill     125
Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Religion     148
Duties of the Church towards Knowledge     175
University Subjects
Christianity and Letters. A Lecture in the School of Philosophy and Letters     199
Literature. A Lecture in the School of Philosophy and Letters     215
English Catholic Literature     236
In its relation to Religious Literature     236
In its relation to Science     238
In its relation to Classical Literature     244
In its relation to the Literature of the Day     254
Elementary Studies     264
Grammar     266
Composition     277
Latin Writing     288
General Religious Knowledge     296
A Form of Infidelity of the Day     304
Its Sentiments     304
Its Policy     312
University Preaching     323
Christianity and Physical Science. A Lecture in the School of Medicine     342
Christianity and Scientific Investigation. A lecture written for the School of Science     365
Discipline of Mind. An Address to the Evening Classes     385
Christianity and Medial Science. An Address to the Students of Medicine     405
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2004

    Better Generalists Make Better Specialists!

    I am so excited about this book that I want to memorize entire sections of it! Newman's philosophy has completely changed my understanding of the function of a college education. Though a challenging read, this book illuminated my struggle between pursuing a practical college major and taking classes to satisfy my personal curiosities. Newman's comparison of a healthy body to a well-prepared mind and his recognition that better generalists make better specialists are refreshing in today's highly specialized society. I want to recommend this book to everyone who questions what I can practically do with a degree in the study of dead languages and literature. Newman proposes that only the man who learns for the sake of learning will develop his mind fully, and only then will he find satisfaction in his work.

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