For hundreds of years, knowledge has been central in understanding the university. Over recent decades, however, it is the economic value of knowledge that has come to the fore. Now, in a post-truth world, knowledge is treated with suspicion and has become a vehicle for ideologies. Knowledge and the University combats all these ways of thinking. Its central claim is that knowledge is of value because of its connection with life. Knowledge is of life, from life, in life and for life.
With an engaging philosophical discussion, and with a consideration of the evolution of higher education institutions, this book:
Knowledge and the University is a radical text that looks to engender nothing less than a new spirit of the university. It offers a fascinating read for policy makers, institutional leaders, academics and all interested in the future of universities.
Part I The university and knowledge; 1 Post-truth or no-truth?; 2 The real thing; 3 Knowledge and life; 4 What’s to become of the humanities?; Part II The spirit of knowledge; 5 More than mere debate; 6 A will to know; 7 Living with darkness; 8 Edifying knowledge; 9 A culture of lively discourse; Part III Cultivating knowledge in the university; 10 Living reason; 11 Ecological interests; 12 Reaching out