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The Thinking University Expanded
On Profanation, Play and Education

ISBN 9781032083483
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
136 Pages

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Book Description

The Thinking University Expanded considers how the university can be extended and developed to an institution of play that becomes a gateway to new compositions and enactments of opportunities and happiness for university academics and students alike. A university of and in continuous play can shape the public sphere in ways that reimagine both the epistemological and political, and the metaphysical and the ethical.

Without abandoning the university’s emphasis on thinking, the book examines the prospects of opening the university to ‘a new, possible use’. The singular outcomes-based lens of seeing higher education distorts the humane and ethical nuance of what a university can potentially do and aspire towards. For this reason, the book intends to find a new use for the idea of a university – one that is responsible and responsive in both its pursuit of the truth and being open to different kinds of truth, as made manifest in diverse contexts and life-worlds.

This book will be of great interest for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the field of higher education.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: The thinking university reconsidered

Chapter 2: On searching for truth and the justification for telling the truth

Chapter 3: Student alienation and the democratic mission of a university re-examined

Chapter 4: On some of the limitations of citizenship and the thinking university

Chapter 5: Towards a university beyond critique

Chapter 6: On a university without condition

Chapter 7: Against the exclusive entrepreneurial university

Chapter 8: Al-Rumi and the notion of a university beyond critique

Chapter 9: An argument in defence of a playful university

Chapter 10: On a university in perpetual play

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Yusef Waghid reads Philosophy of Education at Stellenbosch University. He is the editor-in-chief of South African Journal of Higher Education and principal editor of Citizenship Teaching and Learning, South Africa.

Nuraan Davids is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.