The Idea of a University

The Idea of a University

Paperback Rethinking the Western Tradition

By (author) John Henry Newman, Volume editor Frank M. Turner, Edited by Martha McMackin Garland, Edited by Sara Castro-Klaren, Edited by George P. Landow, Edited by George M. Marsden

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 404 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 26mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 7 June 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300064055
  • ISBN 13: 9780300064056
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 99,986

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Since its publication almost 150 years ago, "The Idea of a higher education. The issues that John Henry Newman raised - the place of religion and moral values in the university setting, the competing claims of liberal and professional education, the character of the academic community, the cultural role of literature, the relation of religion and science - have provoked discussion from Newman's time to our own. This edition of "The Idea of a University" includes the full text of "University Teaching" and four selections from "University Subjects", together with five essays by leading scholars that explore the background and the present day relevance of Newman's themes. In the essays Martha Garland discusses the character and organization of the early 19th-century English universities upon which Newman based much of his vision; Frank M. Turner traces the impact of Newman's influence during the vast expansion of higher education since World War II; George Marsden investigates how the decreasing emphasis on religion has affected higher education; Sara Castro Klaren examines the implication of Newman's views on education and literature for current debates between proponents of a curriculum based on western civilization and one based on multiculturalism; and George Landow considers what the advent of electronic communication will mean to university teaching, research and community. To aid accessibility, the edition also includes an analytical table of contents, a chronology and biographical sketch of Newman's life, questions for discussion, expanded notes, and a glossary of names, all of which should help make this the standard teaching text of Newman's work.

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The issues that John Henry Newman raised--the place of religion and moral values in the university setting, the competing claims of liberal and professional education, the character of the academic community, the cultural role of literature, the relation of religion and science--have provoked discussion from Newman's time to our own.