IN addressing myself, Gentlemen, to the consideration of a question which has excited so much interest, and elicited so much discussion at the present day, as that of University Education, I feel some explanation is due from me for supposing, after such high ability and wide experience have been brought to bear upon it, that any field remains for the additional labours either of a disputant or of an inquirer. If, nevertheless, I still venture to ask permission to continue the discussion, already so protracted, it is because the subject of Liberal Education, and of the principles on which it must be conducted, has ever had a hold upon my own mind; and because I have lived the greater part of my life in a place which has all that time been occupied in a series of controversies both domestic and with strangers, and of measures, experimental or definitive, bearing upon it. Aeterna Press
John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was one of the established masters of Victorian prose. This is a complete and unabridged edition of his famous defense of classical, liberal education. Now, with a new Introduction by Victorian scholar, bestselling novelist and Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute Josiah Bunting, it is released to coincide with Bunting's AN EDUCATION FOR OUR TIME, making its republication a major event in the debate over higher education.
I. in Nine Discoures Delivered to the Catholics of Dublin; Ii. in Occasional Lectures and Essays Add
Author: John Henry Newman
Publisher: Nabu Press
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The contributors look at the motivation behind the various interested parties in higher education reform - administrators, politicians and the students themselves - in an attempt to determine how universities will be shaped in the future. The book will appeal to all those with an interest in the university as an institution, and its historical - and future - role in society.
The crisis in university education has been the subject of vigorous debate in recent years. In this eloquent and deeply personal book, a distinguished scholar reflects on the character and aims of the university, assessing its guiding principles, its practical functions, and its role in society. Jaroslav Pelikan provides a unique perspective on the university today by reexamining it in light of John Henry Cardinal Newman's 150-year old classic The Idea of a University and showing how Cardinal Newman's ideas both illuminate and differ from current problems facing higher education. Pelikan begins by affirming the validity of Newman's first principle: that knowledge must be an end in itself. He goes on to make the case for the inseparability of research and teaching on both intellectual and practical grounds, stressing the virtues--free inquiry, scholarly honesty, civility in discourse, toleration of diverse beliefs and values, and trust in rationality and public verifiability--that must be practiced and taught by the university. He discusses the business of the university--the advancement of knowledge through research, the extension and interpretation of knowledge through undergraduate and graduate teaching, the preservation of knowledge in libraries, museums, and galleries, and the diffusion of knowledge through scholarly publishing. And he argues that be performing these tasks, by developing closer ties with other schools at all levels, and by involving the community in lifelong education, the university will make its greatest contribution to society.
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