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ERIC Number: EJ924490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Discussion: On the Future of Our Past
Hellemans, Mariette
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v26 n5 p499-504 Sep 2007
After integrating the main lines of argumentation developed in the special issue, this paper makes a balance of the question on the public role of the university. Furthermore, the paper focuses on the discussion underlying the articles collected in the issue. A distinction is made between "comprehending" the past and present of the university on the one hand and "justifying" the university and its public role on the other hand. In view of this distinction, it is argued that the question concerning the value of a (normative) idea of the university and its public role is related to the question of democracy. The question is, however, not only whether we live in a democracy, but whether we may still speak of a "commitment to democracy". An inquiry into the meaningfulness of a (normative) "idea" of the university arises directly from this question. At this point, the viewpoint of Derrida is introduced to discuss the question of the democracy and university of the future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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