Thursday, December 15, 2011

Colleges (and law schools) "are not simply for the education of students"

Gary Gutting What Is[College For? NYTimes (Dec. 14, 2011)(blog):
Colleges] are not simply for the education of students.  This is an essential function, but the raison d’ĂȘtre of a college is to nourish a world of intellectual culture; that is, a world of ideas, dedicated to what we can know scientifically, understand humanistically, or express artistically.  In our society, this world is mainly populated by members of college faculties: scientists, humanists, social scientists (who straddle the humanities and the sciences properly speaking), and those who study the fine arts. Law, medicine and engineering are included to the extent that they are still understood as “learned professions,” deploying practical skills that are nonetheless deeply rooted in scientific knowledge or humanistic understanding.
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