The Ideal of the University #2020

The Ideal of the University Robert Paul Wolff The Ideal of the University The Ideal of the University is a lucid comprehensive analysis of the rationale principles and presuppositions that make contemporary universities what they are The book begins with four sharp care

  • Title: The Ideal of the University
  • Author: Robert Paul Wolff
  • ISBN: 9781560006039
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Ideal of the University Robert Paul Wolff The Ideal of the University is a lucid, comprehensive analysis of the rationale, principles, and presuppositions that make contemporary universities what they are The book begins with four sharp, carefully delineated models of a university After analyzing such controversial issues as the role of grading in the university and the myth of value neutrality Wolff turns toThe Ideal of the University is a lucid, comprehensive analysis of the rationale, principles, and presuppositions that make contemporary universities what they are The book begins with four sharp, carefully delineated models of a university After analyzing such controversial issues as the role of grading in the university and the myth of value neutrality Wolff turns to the crucial question of how the university should be governed He argues for a radical reconstruction based on a social contract that would place ultimate authority in the hands of the faculty and students The book concludes with a series of practical proposals for Utopian reform, including such provocative recommendations as a variable length, ungraded undergraduate program and elimination of the Ph.D degree In his introduction to this new edition, Wolff expands upon his original speculations to argue in substantive detail for the liberating potential of the liberal arts Drawing upon Freud and Marcuse, Wolff proposes that literature, art, and philosophy embody a promise of gratification that engenders a negative critique of the social and cultural status quo The rationale for the liberal arts university is society s need for a reservoir of critical thinking that is the motor of social, economic, and political progress Elegantly written and passionately argued The Ideal of the University is essential reading for educators and sociologists.
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    1. Wolff is an intelligent thinker and fun, clear writer He wrote this short book during the campus revolts of the late sixties, and so much of it is dated, but sections are very worthwhile and relevant today Wolff describes four models of a university as a Sanctuary of Scholarship, as a Training Camp for the Professions, as a Social Service Station that is, the Clark Kerr multiversity which accepts the goals and values of whoever in America has the money to pay for them , and as an Assembly Line f [...]

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