There is no single a idea of the universitya (TM). Ever since its medieval inception, what it is to be a university has undergone successive changes. The metaphysical university gave way to the scientific university which, in turn, has been succeeded by the entrepreneurial university and the corporate university a " and even by the bureaucratic university. Two implications arise from these reflections. Firstly, the belief a " now widespread a " that the entrepreneurial university represents a kind of end-point of the evolution of the university has no substance. The university, both in its form and the ideas through which it is understood, continues to evolve. Secondly, the question arises, and in stark form: just what is it to be a university? And further, what might the university become?
In this book, Ron Barnett argues that answers to these questions require imagination and the creation of feasible utopias. Through a careful examination of key a contending conceptsa (TM), searching issues are raised in relation to ideas such as a anarchy and culturea (TM), a space and timea (TM), a authenticity and responsibilitya (TM) and a being and becominga (TM). On this basis, four feasible utopias are set out and critically examined. The first three are those of a the liquid universitya (TM), a the therapeutic universitya (TM) and a the authentic universitya (TM). Each has virtues but also each also has weaknesses and even harbours dystopias. However, the fourth feasible utopia, the idea of the ecological university offers a way to the university fully to become itself. And it is an idea carrying universal significance and so reflects something of the universitya (TM)s metaphysical inheritance. It is a utopian idea of the university but it is entirely feasible.
This book will be of interest to all those working in, and in the future of, Higher Education.
University Librarian at Cambridge from 1867 until his death, Henry Bradshaw (1831-86) had inherited from his banker father an important library of Irish printed books and pamphlets assembled in the early nineteenth century. Having added to it, Bradshaw generously presented the collection to the University Library in 1870, and it has been expanding ever since. Published in 1916, this three-volume catalogue was compiled by the bibliographer Charles Edward Sayle (1864-1924). The works listed here, numbering more than 8,000 items and dating from the early seventeenth century through to the late nineteenth century, represent a valuable resource for students of Irish history and printing. Sayle's catalogue reveals the breadth and richness of the collection at the time of publication. Volume 1 lists works printed in Dublin by known printers. Volume 2 includes those by unknown printers and those printed in provincial towns, along with those by Irish authors or relating to Ireland. Volume 3 contains the index.
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