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

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This is a revised and expanded version of the much praised short book Universities: The Recovery of An Idea. It contains chapters on the history of universities; the value of university education; the nature of research; the management and funding of universities plus additional essays on such subjects as 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


"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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