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The degradation of the academic dogma / Robert A. Nisbet ; with a new introduction by Gertrude Himmelfarb
Variante de título:
Degradation of the academic dogma: the university in America, 1945-70
INV 378.73 N58d 1997
Datos de publicación:
New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, ©1997
xi, 252 p. ; 23 cm.
Foundations of higher education
1560009152 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Ed. original: New York : Basic Books, 1971.
Incluye referencias bibliográficas e índice.
Introduction to the Transaction edition by Gertrude Himmelfarb -- Introduction --The nature of the academic dogma -- The last reformation -- The academic dogma -- The academic community -- The yield of academic feudalism -- The degradation of the academic dogma -- The higher capitalism The cult of individuality -- The deluge of humanitarianism -- The politicization of the university -- The student revolution -- The future of the academic dogma -- The search for academic community -- The future of the academic community -- Epilogue -- The new men of power -- The academic bourgeoisie -- Index.
"This is one of the most important books ever published about the American university. Robert Nisbet accuses universities of having betrayed themselves. Over the centuries they earned the respect of society by attempting to remain faithful to what he terms "the academic dogma," the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. The measure of a university's greatness and of the stature of an individual scholar was determined not by the immediate usefulness of the work done, but by how much it contributed to scholarship, learning, and teaching. American universities abandoned this ideal, Nisbet charges, after World War II, welcoming onto their campuses academic entrepreneurs engaged in the "higher capitalism," the highly profitable sale of knowledge. This "reformation," says Nisbet, has resulted in the greatest change in the structure and values of the university that has occurred since their founding as guilds in the Middle Ages. And it may be responsible, for reasons he spells out in convincing detail, for their eventual demise as centers of learning"--Cubierta posterior.
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