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ERIC Number: EJ1112410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0026-4695
Consensus, Civility, and Community: The Origins of "Minerva" and the Vision of Edward Shils
MacLeod, Roy
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy, v54 n3 p255-292 Sep 2016
For over 50 years, "Minerva" has been one of the leading independent journals in the study of "science, learning and policy". Its pages have much to say about the origins and conduct of the "intellectual Cold War", the defence of academic freedom, the emergence of modernization theory, and pioneering strategies in the social studies of science. This paper revisits "Minerva" through the life and times of its founding Editor, Edward Shils, and traces his influence on its early years--from its association with the Congress for Cultural Freedom in the 1950s, to the higher reaches of research policy in the 1990s. At the close of his life, "Minerva" continued to espouse Shils' commitment to what he saw as the fundamental Enlightenment traditions of consensus, civility, and community. In the 21st century, with the achievements of science producing rapid change in every walk of life, his legacy so far retains an established place in the history of scholarship. Whether that legacy will endure--and if so, what role "Minerva" will play in its defence--remain key questions for the coming generation.
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Language: English
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