The Negotiable University

Mike Higton

in A Theology of Higher Education

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199643929
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738845 | DOI:
The Negotiable University

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This chapter argues that the university’s internal argument about its own practices and policies can and should take the form of a secular and religiously plural debate. It argues that the university is already constituted by a certain kind of multi-traditional conversation about its own virtues, forms of sociality, and ends, even if that fact is not widely recognized. University practices of reason are not determined in advance by well-defined principle, but are settlements between multiple different ideas of the university. Paradoxically, the Christian theological vision of the university set out in this book as a whole itself provides reasons for thinking that the fuller realization of that vision need not require the triumph of a Christian theological account to the exclusion of other religious and secular accounts.

Keywords: idea of a university; higher education; religious pluralism; secularity

Chapter.  5340 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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