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ERIC Number: EJ852968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
The Idea of a University
Oakeshott, Michael
Academic Questions, v17 n1 p23-30 Dec 2003
In this essay, the author contends that a university has a place in society, but that this place is not the function of contributing to some other kind of activity in the society, but of just being itself. Its first business is with the pursuit of learning and its concern is with the sort of education that has been found to spring up in the course of this activity. According to Oakeshott, a university will have ceased to exist when its learning has degenerated into what is now called research, when its teaching has become mere instruction and occupies the whole of an undergraduate's time, and when those who came to be taught wish only to be provided with a serviceable moral and intellectual outfit; when they come with no understanding of the manners of conversation but desire only a qualification for earning a living or a certificate to let them in on the exploitation of the world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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