The chief purpose of universities : academic discourse and the diversity of ideas

William M. (William Milton), 1955- Bowen and Michael, 1937- Schwartz


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Table of Contents

Title page

pp Intro-Intro; 3 pages

Table of Contents

pp Intro-Intro; 3 pages

Foreword. Human Progress and Higher Education by George W. Dent, Jr.

pp i-vi; 6 pages


pp vii-xii; 6 pages

Chapter 1. A Storehouse of Ideas

pp 1-36; 36 pages

The University in a Time of Social and Environmental Crisis


Three Frames of Reasoning about Universities


The Idea of an Idea


Conservation of the Variation of Ideas


Ideas, Knowledge, and Constrained Decisions


Chapter 2. The University's Dysfunctional Side

pp 37-52; 16 pages

Dysfunctionality, the University, and the Idea-Variation Hypothesis


Chapter 3. The Phenomenon of Knowledge

pp 53-76; 24 pages

The Character of Scientific Knowledge


The Structure of Bodies of Scientific Knowledge


Determination of Scientific Validity


Creation, Production and Idea-Dependence of Scientific Knowledge


Chapter 4. The Advancement of Scientific Knowledge

pp 77-114; 38 pages

The Theory of Evolution: From Biology to Culture


The Ideational Base as a Prime Mover of Knowledge and Society


Chapter 5. Enemy I: Authoritarianism

pp 115-142; 28 pages

Authoritarianism within American Society


Authoritarianism within Universities


Chapter 6. Enemy II: Supernaturalism

pp 143-182; 40 pages

Humanistic and Scientific Theories of Supernaturalism


Threats to the Advancement of Knowledge Posed by Supernaturalism


Supernaturalism and the American University


Chapter 7. Enemy III: Corporatism

pp 183-212; 30 pages

A Corporate Model of the University


Quantitative reasoning


Advocacy of the Corporate University


Limits of Quantitative Reasoning and Their Implications


Who should pay for higher education?


Chapter 8. Enemy IV: Irrationalism

pp 213-256; 44 pages

Three Pillars of Liberal Education


Irrationalistic ideas


Irrationalism in the U.S. University System


The Foundational Assumptions of Liberal and Irrationalist Thought


Identity Politics, Science, and Social and Environmental Problems


Chapter 9. Enemy V: Political Correctness

pp 257-290; 34 pages

The Character of Political Correctness


Appropriate Constraints on Free Expression of Ideas on Campus


Rise of Politically Correct Ideas and Demise of the Right to Differ


Tension between Political Ideals and Scientific Knowledge


Chapter 10. The University in a Knowledge Economy

pp 291-326; 36 pages

An Inadequacy in Past Conventional Theories and Models


Universities and Regional Economic Development


Endogenous Growth and the Idea-Variation Hypothesis


Blind Variation and Endogenous Growth


The Power of Imagination


The “Public Good” Character of Knowledge


Chapter 11. Rethinking the American University: Seven Requisites for Success

pp 327-364; 38 pages

Curricular Synthesis and the Disciplinary Organization of Knowledge


Empowered University Leadership


Adequate Financial Support


Organizational Climate Conducive to Free and Open Inquiry


Psychological and Academic Factors


Library and Information Technology Services


Strong Faculty Governance


Chapter 12. Civil Society, Values, and the University

pp 365-406; 42 pages

Value, Choice, and the Function of the University


Facts, Values and the Choices before Us


The Promise and Performance of American Universities



pp 407-430; 24 pages


pp 431-438; 8 pages

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The chief purpose of universities
academic discourse and the diversity of ideas
William M. (William Milton), 1955- Bowen
and Michael, 1937- Schwartz
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