The Knowledge Most Worth Having represents the essence of education at the University of Chicago—faculty and students grappling with key intellectual questions that span the humanities, while still acknowledging the need to acquire a depth of knowledge in one’s chosen field. The papers collected here were delivered during an often-heated conference at the university in 1966, and include contributions from such scholars as Northrop Frye, Richard McKeon, and, of course, the dean of the college, Wayne Booth himself. Taken as a whole, they present a passionate defense of liberal education, one that remains highly relevant today.
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About the Author
Wayne C. Booth (1921–2005) was the George Pullman Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. His many books include The Rhetoric of Fiction, A Rhetoric of Irony, The Power and Limits of Pluralism, The Vocation of a Teacher, and Forthe Love of It, all published by the University of Chicago Press.
Table of Contents
IS THERE ANY KNOWLEDGE THAT A MAN MUST HAVE?
Wayne C. Booth
RETURNING COALS TO NEWCASTLE
F. Champion Ward
THE INSTRUMENTS OF MENTAL PRODUCTION
UNDERGRADUATES AND THE SCIENTIFIC ENTERPRISE
John R. Platt
EDUCATION AND THE CONTEMPORARY WOMAN
Anne Firor Scott
James M. Redfield
THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
THE ROLE OF LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES WITHIN A UNIVERSITY
Edward H. Levi