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The Resource Prescribing the life of the mind : an essay on the purpose of the university, the aims of liberal education, the competence of citizens, and the cultivation of practical reason, Charles W. Anderson

Prescribing the life of the mind : an essay on the purpose of the university, the aims of liberal education, the competence of citizens, and the cultivation of practical reason, Charles W. Anderson

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Prescribing the life of the mind : an essay on the purpose of the university, the aims of liberal education, the competence of citizens, and the cultivation of practical reason
Title
Prescribing the life of the mind
Title remainder
an essay on the purpose of the university, the aims of liberal education, the competence of citizens, and the cultivation of practical reason
Statement of responsibility
Charles W. Anderson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
What are the purposes of the university? What should be the aims of liberal education? With phrases like "cultural relativism," "political correctness," "cultural literacy," and "canon wars" buzzing through the halls of academia and of government and appearing almost daily in heated public debates, these are important questions. With good will and common sense, Charles W. Anderson enters the fracas. He argues that teaching students to think, by developing their capacity for practical reason, can provide a unifying mission for the university and an integrating theme for the curriculum. A distinguished political philosopher with years of experience teaching in undergraduate liberal arts programs, Anderson shows here how the ideal of practical reason can reconcile academia's research aims with public expectations for universities: the preparation of citizens, the training of professionals, the communication of a cultural inheritance. It is not good enough, he contends, to simply say that the university should stick to the great books of the classic tradition, or to denounce this tradition and declare that all important questions are a matter of personal or cultural choice. By applying the methods of practical reason, teachers and students will think critically about the essential purposes of any human activity and the underlying arguments of any text. They will have standards of excellence and rigor to use as tools in all fields. Prescribing the Life of the Mind suggests that the exercise of practical reason can accommodate and bring together the diverse factions and points of view now at war in the universities: the scientists and the humanists, those who teach classic rationalism and those who insist on postmodernist perspectives. Readers both within and beyond the academic community will welcome Anderson's practical and thoughtful approach. In addition to his convincing arguments, Anderson makes specific curriculum-building suggestions that should promote lively, healthy, and useful discussions
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1934-
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Anderson, Charles W.
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
LA227.4
LC item number
.A53 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Humanistic
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • Enseignement supérieur
  • Éducation humaniste
  • Enseignement supérieur
  • Enseignement supérieur
  • Enseignement universitaire
  • Universités
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Humanistic
  • Universiteiten
  • Doelstellingen
  • Enseignement supérieur
  • Éducation et État
  • Éducation
  • United States
Label
Prescribing the life of the mind : an essay on the purpose of the university, the aims of liberal education, the competence of citizens, and the cultivation of practical reason, Charles W. Anderson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-169) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Liberal Education and Practical Reason
  • The Rationale of the Going Concern
  • Purpose: What Do We Expect a University to Do?
  • Competence: What Can We Know? What Are We Entitled to Teach?
  • Efficiency: The Mystery of Teaching and Learning
  • The Cultivation of Practical Reason
  • The Core of the Curriculum
  • The Governance of the University
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 173 pages
Isbn
9780299138349
Lccn
92045196
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27186833
  • (OCoLC)ocm27186833
Label
Prescribing the life of the mind : an essay on the purpose of the university, the aims of liberal education, the competence of citizens, and the cultivation of practical reason, Charles W. Anderson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-169) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Liberal Education and Practical Reason
  • The Rationale of the Going Concern
  • Purpose: What Do We Expect a University to Do?
  • Competence: What Can We Know? What Are We Entitled to Teach?
  • Efficiency: The Mystery of Teaching and Learning
  • The Cultivation of Practical Reason
  • The Core of the Curriculum
  • The Governance of the University
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 173 pages
Isbn
9780299138349
Lccn
92045196
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27186833
  • (OCoLC)ocm27186833

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