Neutrality and Impartiality: The University and Political Commitment

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First published in 1975, this is a book of general intellectual interest about the role of the university in contemporary society and that of university teachers in relation to their subjects, their students, and their wider political commitments. Alan Montefiore offers preliminary analyses of the family of concepts most often invoked in discussions of these problems, taking the central dispute to be between those who hold a 'liberal' view of the university and those who regard this notion as illusory, dishonest ...

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Overview

First published in 1975, this is a book of general intellectual interest about the role of the university in contemporary society and that of university teachers in relation to their subjects, their students, and their wider political commitments. Alan Montefiore offers preliminary analyses of the family of concepts most often invoked in discussions of these problems, taking the central dispute to be between those who hold a 'liberal' view of the university and those who regard this notion as illusory, dishonest or undesirable. Six academics, representing, discuss issues of substantive conflict in light of Montefiore's initial distinctions. The volume is of particular interest to students of political and social philosophy, and political and educational theory. It is also intended for a wider readership among those who care about the political status of the universities and recognize the importance and difficulty of the problems involved in this.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521099233
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Alan Montefiore; Part I. Alan Montefiore: 1. Preliminaries; 2. Neutrality, indifference and detachment; 3. Objectivity, impartiality and open-mindedness; 4. Disinterestedness, independence and lack of bias; 5. The concept of the political; 6. The concept of the academic; Part II: 1. Impartiality and bias in economics Andrew Graham; 2. Neutrality and academic values Leszek Kolakowski; 3. 'Le neutre' and philosophical discourse Louis Marin; 4. Neutrality in the university Charles Taylor; 5. Politics in the academe C. L. Ten; 6. The academic and the political W. L. Weinstein; Part III. Alan Montefiore: 1. Kolakowski; 2. Taylor; 3. Marin; 4. The concept of the political again; 5. Weinstein, Graham and Ten; Appendix: the concept of evaluation.

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