The Idea of the American University

The Idea of the American University

by Bradley C.S. Watson
     
 

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As John Henry Newman reflected on 'The Idea of a University' more than a century and a half ago, Bradley C. S. Watson brings together some of the nation's most eminent thinkers on higher education to reflect on the nature and purposes of the American university today. Their mordant reflections paint a picture of the American university in crisis. This book is

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As John Henry Newman reflected on 'The Idea of a University' more than a century and a half ago, Bradley C. S. Watson brings together some of the nation's most eminent thinkers on higher education to reflect on the nature and purposes of the American university today. Their mordant reflections paint a picture of the American university in crisis. This book is essential reading for thoughtful citizens, scholars, and educational policymakers.

Editorial Reviews

Colleen Sheehan
This volume deserves the attention of all those who care about the fate of liberal education in our time. The thoughtful scholars included in this work show that the once clear and purposive western universities, which were dedicated to the search for truth and elevation of the human mind and soul, are now dedicated to nothing at all, unless it be to a kind of intellectual promiscuity. Nonetheless, this volume contains within it the seeds of hope for recapturing the purpose of the liberal arts in modern democratic societies, and therewithal, a recommitment to the highest human aspirations.
Roger Kimball
Essential reading for anyone concerned about the future on higher education in America. Don't miss it.
Bruce S. Thornton
These thoughtful and penetrating essays on American higher education offer not just a stark dissection of its follies and failures, but also the wisdom necessary for renewal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739149157
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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