ERIC Number: ED047656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Neo Monachism: A Coming Role for Church-Related Higher Education.
Hotchkiss, Wesley A.
The coming role of the church-related undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences will be essentially monastic, or rather, it will be compelled toward a form of neo-monachism if it is to pursue seriously its historically proclaimed goals of liberal education. The contemporary university is the heart of "the self-sufficient finitude," the autonomous value system which rolls along according to a process that is causal but not directed to ends. The university has become the most relevant system ever devised for the technological society, and it is this relevance, this soul-destroying efficiency, that has brought the university into conflict with the new generation, i.e., those who have an apocalyptic rather than technocratic orientation toward the future. Yet most of the analyses of "university trouble" continue to search for new techniques to improve the system instead of confronting the real issue, which is the conflict between the uses of the multiuniversity and the value system of the new generation. The private college of general education will have to go into spiritual seclusion in order not to succumb to the dominance of technique. In contrast to the multiuniversity, the purpose of the college will be to create an educational experience around those values which form the basis of man's freedom as an intuitive, spontaneous, creating, valuing creature. (Editor/AF)
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Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Wingspread Conference on the Contribution of the Church-Related College to the Public Good, December, 1968