The English Question: Or Academic Freedoms

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In this important study that begins with the claim that the fundamental idea governing the institution of the University is a will to freedom, author Thomas Docherty argues that the question of freedom lies at the heart of what is academic English at the beginning of the 21st century. Tracing a history of the modern European University from Vico onwards and including Hume, Rousseau, Schiller, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Newman, Alain, Benda, and Jaspers, the author argues the academy’s will to freedom is grounded in ...

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Overview

In this important study that begins with the claim that the fundamental idea governing the institution of the University is a will to freedom, author Thomas Docherty argues that the question of freedom lies at the heart of what is academic English at the beginning of the 21st century. Tracing a history of the modern European University from Vico onwards and including Hume, Rousseau, Schiller, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Newman, Alain, Benda, and Jaspers, the author argues the academy’s will to freedom is grounded in study of the ‘eloquence’ that has shaped literate and humane values. He goes on to explore the current condition of English as a literary discipline, arguing that literary studies is, or should be, a search for the unknown; and that in only that search can the academy establish the real meaning or meanings of social, political, and ethical freedom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845191320
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Critical Inventions Series
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Docherty is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Warwick. He is the author of several books, including Aesthetic Democracy and Confessions: The Philosophy of Transparency.

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