The Institution of Intellectual Values: Realism and Idealism in Higher Education

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Overview

This is a revised and expanded version of the much-praised short book Universities: The Recovery of An Idea. It addresses the history of universities; the value of university education; the nature of research; the management/funding of universities; human nature and the study of the humanities; interdisciplinary versus multidisciplinary study; information systems and the concept of a library; the prospects for e-learning; reforming universities; intellectual integrity and the realities of funding; and spiritual values and the knowledge economy.

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Editorial Reviews

Philosophy

"Those who care about universities should thank Gordon Graham for doing what has needed doing so urgently."

Times Higher Education Supplement - Gordon Johnson

"Graham has written an elegant and extraordinarily refreshing book, with no fudging of his own opinions and judgements... It deserves a very wide readership and will surely stand as a point of reference for years to come."

Political Studies Review

"'A short reflective treatise on British university education that deserves to be widely read... [I]ts appeal is universal and deserves the attention of a wide audience."

Philosophical Quarterly

"'Though densely and cogently argued, this book is extremely readable and indeed deserves to be widely read."

Times Higher Education Supplement - Alison Wolf

"The best discussion I know of on this question [what are universities for]."

New Blackfriars - Margaret Atkins

"This volume ought to be compulsory reading for every government minister or civil servant with responsibilities in this area."

Jr. PsycCritiques - Patricia T. Ashton and Tesia Marshik

"[Graham] offer[s] insights that could be useful in recapturing some autonomy and bringing renewed respect to universities."

Political Studies Review - Charles Thorpe

"Many of Graham's criticisms of current policy rhetoric are on the mark."

Progress in Human Geography 32 (3) - Andrew Kent

"'The institution of intellectual values' is before all else a rare and valuable normative statement, and should be read as such... a salutary contribution indeed."

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Meet the Author

Gordon Graham is Regius Professor of Moral Philosophy at King's College, University of Aberdeen.

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