Saturday, December 20, 2008

Taking Up Where Cardinal Newman Left Off

David M. Whalen reviews a book by Gordon Graham — The Idea of the University, Again. An excerpt:
    Western culture has taken a peculiar turn in the last century-and-a-half, resulting in proclivities of thought and imagination that render us largely incapable of comprehending one of our own, most venerable institutions: the university.

    Those habits of thought and the turn they bespeak—commercial, utilitarian, and scientific or quantifying—have so shaped the imagination that other categories of thought or value seem now quaint or self-refuting. If, to a hammer, everything looks like a nail, then to the modern imagination every institution looks like a business, and every human relationship corresponds to the logic of contracts.
Venerable John Henry Newman's The Idea of A University sits next to me, awaiting my read.

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