Universities: Their Histories and Responsibilities

Geoffrey Lloyd

in Ancient Worlds, Modern Reflections

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270163
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602276 | DOI:
Universities: Their Histories and Responsibilities

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Traces the development of different ideals of higher education, in the West from the philosophical schools of ancient Greece, through the great late mediaeval universities, and in China from the imperial Academy founded in the Han period. The recommendation is that we ought to resist current attempts to commodify education and to counter the tendency to put the main emphasis on specialist vocational training. Rather, we need to recover more of the ancient Greek ideal of the value of higher education for its own sake.

Keywords: academies; higher education; specialist/generalist courses; universities; vocational training

Chapter.  5386 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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