The Making of the Modern University: Intellectual Transformation and the Marginalization of Morality
What is the purpose of higher education, and how should we pursue it? Debates over these issues raged in the late nineteenth century as reformers introduced a new kind of university—one dedicated to free inquiry and the advancement of knowledge. In the first major study of moral education in American universities, Julie Reuben examines the consequences of these debates for modern intellectual life.
Based on extensive research at eight universities—Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Chicago, Stanford, Michigan, and California at Berkeley—Reuben examines the aims of university reformers in the context of nineteenth-century ideas about truth. She argues that these educators tried to apply new scientific standards to moral education, but that their modernization efforts ultimately failed. By exploring the complex interaction between institutional and intellectual change, Reuben enhances our understanding of the modern university, the secularization of intellectual life, and the association of scientific objectivity with value-neutrality.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Albion Small American College Annual Report argued arts associated Baconian believed Bible biblical biology chap chapel Charles Christian courses criticism culture curriculum Daniel Coit Gilman Darwin David Starr Jordan denominational disciplines Economics electives ence ethics evolution faculty Gilman Hadley Harper Harvard higher education History human Humanists ideal ideas institutions instruction intellectual James John Dewey Johns Hopkins late nineteenth century liberal literature maintained modern moral education moral philosophy natural theology Nicholas Murray Butler Popular Science Monthly President's Report University problems professor progressivist rejected religion and science Religious Education scholars scholarship Science and Religion Science n. s. scientific inquiry scientific method scientific study sity social sciences social scientists Sociology spirit Stanford study of religion subjects teaching theory thought tion traditional undergraduate unity of truth university leaders University of Chicago University of Michigan university officials university reformers versity William William Rainey Harper wrote York