Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | February 26, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—February 27, 2009: The Idea of a University

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦



John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890), born in London, was an Anglican who converted to Roman Catholicism in 1845 and became a Cardinal.


This week’s text is his essay, The Idea of a University (1854).  Newman discusses the issues that have shaped modern higher education—e.g., liberal vs. professional studies; the roles of religion, ethics and science; and the nature of the academic community—and defends the necessity of a university.  Also, he describes cities as ‘virtual universities’; what would he make of the Internet?


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