ERIC Number: EJ1025936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Why Most American Universities Have Given up on Human Purpose and Meaning: A Critical Exploration of the Historical Story
Glanzer, Perry L.; Hill, Jonathan P.
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v34 n3 p289-299 2013
Recent scholarship claims that American colleges and universities give less and less attention to the meaning of life. In this article we critically evaluate the historical arguments for this claim, focusing primarily on the account given by Anthony Kronman. We argue that Kronman's history proves particularly problematic if one wants to understand the reasons for American higher education's treatment of matters of meaning and purpose. His historical analysis of the rise of secular humanism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, followed by its decline over the last half century, is missing key components. Because of these missing elements, his prescription to return to the golden age of secular humanism is ultimately misguided.
Descriptors: Humanism, Humanistic Education, Humanities Instruction, Educational History, World Views, Philosophy, Cultural Pluralism, Moral Values, Western Civilization, Higher Education, Content Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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