Debating Higher Education: Philosophical Perspectives

The Thinking University

A Philosophical Examination of Thought and Higher Education

Editors: Bengtsen, Søren S.E., Barnett, Ronald (Eds.)

  • Reopens the discussion about the nature of thought in higher education
  • Opens an urgently needed debate, taking into account the twenty-first century in all its global interconnectedness and near-instantaneity
  • Provides a thorough philosophical treatment of the notion of thought by a remarkable line-up of international scholars
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This book reinvigorates the philosophical treatment of the nature, purpose, and meaning of thought in today’s universities. The wider discussion about higher education has moved from a philosophical discourse to a discourse on social welfare and service, economics, and political agendas. This book reconnects philosophy with the central academic concepts of thought, reason, and critique and their associated academic practices of thinking and reasoning. 

Thought in this context should not be considered as a merely mental or cognitive construction, still less a cloistered college, but a fully developed individual and social engagement of critical reflection and discussion with the current pressing disciplinary, political, and philosophical issues. The editors hold that the element of thought, and the ability to think in a deep and groundbreaking way is, still, the essence of the university. But what does it mean to think in the university today? And in what ways is thought related not only to the epistemological and ontological issues of philosophical debate, but also to the social and political dimensions of our globalised age? In many countries, the state is imposing limitations on universities, dismissing or threatening academics who speak out critically.  With this volume, the editors ask questions such as: What is the value of thought? What is the university’s proper relationship to thought?

To give the notion of thought a thorough philosophical treatment, the book is divided into in three parts. The focus moves from an epistemological perspective in Part I, to a focus on existence and values in higher education in Part II, and then to a societal-oriented focus on the university in Part III. All three parts, in their own ways, debate the notion of thought in higher education and the university as a thinking form of being.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Considering the Thinking University

    Barnett, Ronald (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Truth, Democracy and the Mission of the University

    Rider, Sharon

    Pages 15-29

  • Universities as Societal Drivers: Entrepreneurial Interventions for a Better Future

    Shumar, Wesley (et al.)

    Pages 31-45

  • Dissident Thought: A Decolonising Framework for Revolt in the University

    Arndt, Sonja (et al.)

    Pages 47-60

  • Towards an African University of Critique

    Waghid, Yusef (et al.)

    Pages 61-73

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Thinking University
Book Subtitle
A Philosophical Examination of Thought and Higher Education
Editors
  • Søren S.E. Bengtsen
  • Ronald Barnett
Series Title
Debating Higher Education: Philosophical Perspectives
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77667-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77667-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77666-8
Series ISSN
2366-2573
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 200
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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